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STRESS , WEIGHT GAIN AND EXERCISE

Advocating exercise as a pill to counter stress and weight gain ….

the reason why i write this is b’cos i want to share my personal experience – the benefit i got doing regular exercise

If ur interested , lets start from basics

STRESS –

Stress is a subjective sensation , an adaptive response, its like tension in the strings , to an extent it helps- increases productivity , more than that it destructs , both mental and physical health.

The term “stress”, as it is currently used was coined by Hans Selye in 1936, who defined it as “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”.

Eustress ,good stress – that which increases productivity ,this is very well illustrated in this fig.definition-stress-lg

for further reading –

Hans selye and stress

The hormones that r released in response to stress are – cortisol, epinephrine and nor-epi, these r actually healthy human responses to stress .

But the more of these signifies trouble …

The most common medical conditions we come across as a result of stress(not as an etiological factor , but as a contributing factor) are – hypertension , anxiety disorders , cardiovascular diseases , diabetes ,certain GI conditions like peptic ulcer ,and it also accelerates aging process.

Stress and weight gain

stress leads to weight gain by – increased craving for sweet , spicy and fatty foods , decreased rate of metabolism , decreased activity (decreased energy spending and more fat storage) see emotional eating .

thus weight gain due to increasing stress in turn leads to more stress in health and fashion conscious people .

The way to manage the stress , its health effects – has been broadly referred to as Life style management – this being one of the first advocated primary prevention modules for life style diseases like Hypertension , Diabetes and Obesity  , cardiovascular diseases .

Life style management includes good diet , exercise and management of stress by stress busters like yoga , music , any leisure activity …

Exercise

Taking frequent effective exercise is one of the best physical stress-reduction techniques available.exercise will also help by being an outlet for frustrations (eg:  if u want punch somebody , imagine their face on ur punch bag and start kicking ,there u go , good exercise !! haha ).

Exercise causes to release of endorphins which lead to a sense of euphoria ,they also lead to enhancement of immune response , decreased pain perception ,and  also supposed to  cause the “runner’s high“.

Regular daily exercise and diet modulation (meaning :nutritious diet ,not starving )  will slowly help lose weight , gain good shape , more importantly it will be a healthy sustained weight loss .

There are many exercise schedules , what i advice is start slow , try something basic like walking or cycling – when u start  feeling the good effects of it , u can try other regimens .there is no need to start looking for a gym to exercise , its unnecessary .All you need is a will , a desire to battle stress and weight gain …..

GO   GO      RUN ….

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