Emotions and Physical Fitness

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Emotions and Physical Fitness

Stressful emotions create damaging hormones and toxins in the body. The adrenal glands, the body’s main stress glands, secrete hormones to help us deal with short term stress. However, in our modern times, many people live under constant stress.

Emotions and Physical Fitness
Emotions and Physical Fitness

The body does not differentiate between life threatening stresses. Life threatening would be being chased by a saber-toothed tiger. Current stresses would be job stress, relationship difficulties, or money worries. It is important that we learn mechanisms to release stress and improve our ability to cope with stress.

Research in a field of study known as psychoneuroimmunology found that every part of our immune system is linked to the brain. Researchers discovered that every thought, experience, and emotion sends messages to the immune system. They can strengthen or impair its functioning. Emotions such as happiness, optimism, and joy boost the immune system. Pessimism and depression are linked to an increased risk of cancer.

Digestion and Emotions

Emotional or mental stress impairs the function of the digestive system. That is why it is best not to eat when you are upset. Avoid eating while you are very stressed.

Hormones and Emotions

We know that stress affects our hormones, which can be damaging to our health over the long term. Research also suggests that emotions can become stored at the cellular level. This could be part of the reason why we can become stuck in the traumas we endure. Other studies demonstrate that stress can cause blockages in our energy systems.

Be Positive!

Shift your view to be one that is positive, and you’ll be amazed at the discoveries you make along the way. A positive outlook makes a tremendous difference. It can help you to totally transform your existing life into the life of your dreams.

If you don’t like something in your life, have the courage to be honest with yourself. This is more difficult than it seems sometimes. We often delude ourselves into accepting aspects of our life so we will not have to put in the effort to make changes. Honesty is an integral part of remaking your life into the life you would like to have.

While there may be plenty of social conditioning that affects us, we are the only ones who can choose to accept thoughts and ideas as part of our reality.

You are the only thinker of your thoughts. Those thoughts will create your emotions. If you don’t like the reality your thoughts are creating, change your thoughts.

Stress is really a figment of our imaginations. Life is only as stressful as we choose to let it be.

In the end, you become what you think and feel.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing