Exercise and Stress Hormones:
Exercise can decrease ‘stress hormones’ like cortisol, and increase endorphins, your body’s ‘feel-good’ chemicals, giving your mood a natural boost. (This is the chemistry behind a runners high).
What is cortisol???
Cortisol is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands that sit above the kidneys. Known as the “stress hormone,” cortisol makes blood pressure and blood sugar levels rise. Chronic elevated blood pressure can increase an individual’s risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Effectively managing stress may also help keep cortisol levels down and protect the immune system.
Cortisol plays an important role in helping the body release insulin, maintain glucose levels and keep the immune system healthy.
Other ways to reduce stress – talk to a love one, music, dancing, shopping spree, vacation, spa day, kissing…
What more could you want! Get exercising and get de-stressing team!