Exercise reduces psychological stress

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Hi friends,

Feeling bummed out? Fast cure = exercise!

A recent study found that exercise is the key to a bunch of indicators for health. This particular study looked at data from nearly 100,000 Australian men and women over 65 – but folks, it’s going to apply to anyone over 20, in my opinion.

When you get frazzled and irritated, what is one of the things you find yourself doing? Well, maybe after you lower your shoulders from your chin, it might be time to stand up and stretch! In this study, participants were interviewed for their educational background, height, weight, smoking history, levels of physical activity and their level of psychological distress. No surprise that there was a connection between those who were physically less active and a greater level of psychological distress. In my words, these folks were not happy campers.

There’s great application for folks who sit in front of a computer all day. It’s called the Stretch Clock.  To download it, just go to http://www.stretchclock.com

Download it and it will either launch automatically each hour, or you can it send you a reminder. When you download it, you can save it to a “desktop launcher” (it will give you that choice as a default.)

I find it breaks up the day – and also lets me know I’ve been sitting for an hour only moving my fingers! This really doesn’t do much for stretching out the rest of my body!

In addition to this, most experts recommend that you do some form of exercise 3x a week. Though it can be an effort to make this happen, the rewards are great. Personally, I do not leap with joy on my 3 exercise days – at the beginning – but by the time I am done, I  feel VIRTUOUS! And more relaxed…and content. So… even if it’s just a 20-minute walk, see how it works out for you!

Virtuously yours,

Virginia

SOURCE: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, April 2012

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