We all know stress affects us physically and mentally. It effects our sleep, moods, energy levels and concentration. But did you know that long term stress leads to weight gain?
Experiencing a stressor results in a number of hormones being released. One of these is cortisol. In the short term the release of cortisol actually helps the body to adapt to a stressful situation. However chronically high cortisol levels depress the immune system and result in craving sugary and high fat foods resulting in weight gain, usually in the abdominal area.
There are a number of ways of reducing the feelings of stress, exercise is one of the most effective. Exercise actually reduces cortisol levels and produces endorphins. Endorphins are a set of hormones which act as natural painkillers, improve sleep, elevate mood and reduce feelings of stress.
So feel better, sleep better and help keep that tummy fat down by maintain regular exercise.