Headline March 23, 2012 / Smashing Stress

Respectful Dedication Haider Sultan-FAST & Sameen Fatima-FJWU

Students collective stress levels are zooming up. Internationally and nationally students are suffering, and individually many of our generation are going through some pretty significant and challenging times that we are simply not used to dealing with. The question now is how well, or how badly, we respond to these times in times of our fitness. So we must plan to fight back. We are genetically programmed for 'fight or fight' as a response to stress, but haven't had to use the 'fight' part properly ever.

Recent figures, however, are showing students getting conscious of exercise, which is no more a luxury but now a lifesaver. So get ready! The contemporary life is more competitive than ever, so very stressful. "Students are expected to focus harder than ever before, which is only possible if you are in peak condition!"

Most students come across angry, tired, unfocused, and with a to do list longer by many meters.
Remember it is tough out there, but getting your routine right can make a big difference to your stress levels, and even save your life!!

When stress levels rise, a hormone called cortisol is released into your body. Cortisol is extremely beneficial in increasing your attention, raising your alertness and generally moving your performance up a gear or two. Increase cortisol levels too high or for too long however, and the damage starts to happen --- increased blood pressure, higher cardivascular stress and impaired digestion all detract from your health and your ability to do your job.

And as you read this, you are already in the danger zone. A major benefit of exercise is that it controls your hormone levels effectivley. Adrenaline, cortisol, endorphins and serotonin can be maintained at the right levels if you handle your exercise plan in the right way.

Student Angel Mother spent many months looking at student fitness and the results were horrific. During times of stress, moderate cardivascular exercise is the way to go. Run, cycle, swim, walk, or play a sport, but watch your levels and keep them comfortable. If you want to do higher intensity work, keep its duration short by using interval training but avoid going up to the max.

Work your heart three days per week for 30 minutes each time at a minimum. Put the work in and you will feel significantly better. The post continues with sincere thanks to !WOW! where the research stays of the highest class!! See ya folks tomorrow. God bless and Good night!

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