18 Oct

Most of us have heard the positive effects that exercise can have on us. According to Ciara Carruthers, the psychological effects of exercise include being a, “Mood Enhancer-When we exercise aerobically, our bodies produce little chemicals called endorphins Scientifically speaking, endorphins are polypeptides, which are able to bind to the neuron-receptors in the brain to give relief from pain. Endorphins are not just produced from exercise; they are also triggered by deep-breathing, meditation, eating spicy food and deep laughter. Endorphins are believed to produce four key effects on the body: they relieve pain, they reduce stress, they enhance the immune system and they postpone the aging process (source).”

Yoga is an exercise that incorporates exercise, deep breathing, and elements of meditation.  Because of the calming nature require to practice yoga many people may find it useful in de-stressing. Why is this important? Stress is a leading cause of many other health problems (mental and otherwise).  Check out THIS site to find a yoga class near you.  Have any of you used yoga to de-stress?  Did you find it helpful?


One Response to “Namaste”

  1. Della Wilcox October 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Excercise is one of the most important things we as women can do for ourselves. Being African American comes with its own set of issues. Our race has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. For many of us theses diseases have been linked to family history, but this can be changed with proper diet and excercise. Stress is the number one reason for high blood pressure in our community. Lets strive to survive and excercise. I’ve practiced yoga and I can be a witness to its benefits. Another thing we as African American need to take a look at is how we prepare our foods. I will be the first to confess, I love fried chicken and fried fish. Take the meat out the grease and bake, grill or boil it. You’ll live long.

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