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Stress the Facts!

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Modern life is full of frustrations, deadlines, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad, though. Stress within your comfort zone can help you perform under pressure, motivate you to do your best, even keep you safe when danger looms. But when stress becomes overwhelming, it can damage your health, mood, relationships, and quality of life.

Did you know the effects of stress may lead to actual medical illnesses, including heart problems, stomach problems, high blood pressure, and headaches? Stress also affects the immune system and speeds up the aging process, memory loss, and increases in body weight and/ or building more fat.

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you feel threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus.

This is known as the “fight or flight” stress response and is your body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, stress helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. But beyond your comfort zone, stress stops being helpful and can start causing major damage to your mind and body.

Increasing numbers of children, teenagers and college students report feeling under stress. Doctors recommend exercise as one of the best ways to reduce stress in people of all ages.  Your physical and mental health are intrinsically linked, so the better you take care of your body, the greater resilience you’ll have against the symptoms of stress. Exercise can lift your mood and help relieve stress, anxiety, anger, and frustration. It can also serve as a distraction to your worries, allowing you to find some quiet time and break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed stress and anxiety.

Martial Arts is a perfect exercise option guaranteed to help you decrease daily stress. Give us a call right now at 757-410-4999 to find out how you can get started in one of our incredible programs today!  Join the fun at King Tiger Martial Arts where you’ll experience expert training in a fun, positive and supportive environment suitable for everyone in your family. Or simply fill out the information box and take advantage of our FREE 30 Day Trial Membership!

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