Endorphins are the feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain, meaning they literally make us feel good. Stress and pain are the negative factors that lead to the release of endorphins. Exercise, however, combats stress by the release of endorphins. Not only does it help you physically, but also mentally and emotionally.
Mayo Clinic explains that after exercise, people tend to forget about the stressors from the day. Regular exercise can shed daily tensions, improve self-confidence, lower symptoms of mild anxiety and depression and improve sleep.
Karen Hernandez, senior kinesiology major who is certified in National Academy of Sports Medicine, has witnessed the positive effect of exercise on her own daily stress. “Exercising helps me to release my stress and anxiety. I used to get panic attacks daily, and I couldn’t focus during class, but I know that when I go to the gym it’s my safe zone. It’s my place to release those things that might affect me throughout the day,” said Hernandez.
Walk before you run
When starting out in the gym, it’s always best to walk before you run. Starting out strong may seem like a good idea, but it can lead to injury. The TWU Fitness and Recreation center has many group exercise classes that all levels of athleticism can join. These group classes can remove the stress of going to the gym alone. Personal trainers are also available to help you use the machines or to help you reach a goal, whether it be physical, mental or both.
If you find it difficult to add in gym time, try taking daily walks. Disconnect from the world and just enjoy the outdoors. Find what works best for you without adding more stress.