We all know that stress can affect us physically and mentally. It can reduce our sleep, encourage moodiness and tiredness, affect our concentration and encourage us to eat high sugar foods and eat too much food. Exercise produces endorphins- chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers – which improve the ability to sleep,
becomes a mood elevator and reduces stress.
Exercise also reduces the levels of our body’s stress hormones,
such as cortisol. Although cortisol is great for regulating blood pressure and the immune system during a sudden crisis too much release of this hormone will tell the body to crave sugary, high fat foods, which will result in weigh gain usually in the abdominal area.
So feel better, sleep better and help keep that tummy tight by maintaining regular healthy exercise.