Stress: A Culprit Behind Weight Gain, Belly Fat, and Chronic Disease

4. Being Spontaneously Active

Taking the stairs throughout the day in place of the elevator, parking as far as possible from a destination, or just implementing periodic walks all constitute spontaneous forms of physical activity and they are highly effective for stress management. As a teenager, I’d often come home from school with stress-related mood swings and my mother would immediately tell me to “Get out and go for a walk”. When I returned, she’d look at me with a grin and ask: “Now, don’t you feel better?” I always did.

5. Engaging in Mind-Body Exercises

Mind-body exercises like Tai Chi and Pilates are extremely beneficial for relieving stress, as they are known to greatly reduce cortisol levels. In addition, implementing such activities can lead to improvements in balance, posture, and core stability. Yoga and meditation are also useful for stress relief, especially prior to bedtime. Opt for gentle yoga poses and stretching and follow that up with 5-15 minutes of deep meditation.

The Net-Net

To reduce the likelihood of unwanted weight gain, belly fat, and other health problems, it’s important to find productive ways of coping with stress. Although stress is oftentimes inevitable, incorporating these five strategies can greatly reduce its overall impact on the body.

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