Physical activity to beat the blues
When an individual is physically active his body automatically develops a shield to the harmful effects of stress
Physical activity and exercise help in coping with stress and minimizing its adverse effects. Physical activity, especially if vigorous, evokes acute stress like responses with respect to pulse rate, blood pressure etc. However, repetitive activity conditions the body to accept more and more challenges with less and less adrenaline rise. Gradually, the body gets used to performing a lot of work at lower heart rates and blood pressure. Persons who are physically active have a less intense adrenaline response to mental or emotional challenges and cope better with stressful situations.
The original outlet for the stress response was physical activity (when our forefathers ran after or away from the beast).
What better way to release your stress, than to spiritedly chase a shuttlecock or tennis ball or skilfully evade the pursuit of your soccer opponent? Perhaps an office worker too could persuade his or her boss to install a table tennis table in office! That would relieve office stress and build workplace solidarity. Regular physical activity, even around home, will act as a shield against school or workplace stress.