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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, JANUARY 23, 2013
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• Sports injuries
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Exercise -- a stress reliever
By RACHAEL RICKARD
Mountain Gym & studioFIT
Let it out: High-intensity forms of exercise such as boxing can provide an
effective release for stress and low-grade anger.
Getting a regular dose of exercise is
a part of the antidote for stress,
anxiety and the ''I'm having a flat
Many of us live busy lifestyles,
have job pressure, family
commitments, expectations of
ourselves along with any anxiety,
insecurity and worry.
These all increase our stress levels
so taking time out for yourself,
getting regular exercise, can help
you to get you through and become
Many people exercise to control
weight and get in better physical
condition, however what people
notice first when they exercise is
how good it makes the body feel.
This is the immediate payback from
a good sweat, accelerated heart rate,
and a bit of puff. And feeling good
is a great way to balance out stress
Here is how:
An Outlet For Frustrations: When
frustrating situations build up, you
can feel stressed or experience low-
High-intensity forms of exercise
such as boxing, martial arts or
weight training, and aerobics can
also provide an effective release of
these negative emotions, turning
these potentially unhealthy
emotions into motivation for
increased health and wellbeing.
Exercise and Stress Hormones:
Exercise can decrease stress
hormones such as cortisol, and
increase endorphins, your body's
''feel-good'' chemicals, giving your
mood a natural boost. (This is the
chemistry behind a ''runner's high''.)
Distraction: Physical activity itself
can take your mind off your
problems and either redirect it on
the activity at hand or get you into
a meditative or zen-like state.
Exercise usually involves a change of
scenery as well, either taking you to
a gym, a boxing ring, a park, a
mountain, a biking trail or your local
neighbourhood, all of which can be
pleasant, low-stress places.
Looking Good: Exercise helps you
lose weight, tone your body, and
maintain a healthy glow and a smile.
You may feel a subtle but significant
boost in esteem as your clothes fit
better, and you project an aura of
increased confidence and strength.
This can help relieve stress for those
who are concerned with their
appearance and worry that they
don't look as healthy as they could.
Social Support: The benefits of
social support are well documented.
Because exercise and physical
activity can often involve others, you
can enjoy a double dose of stress
relief with the combined benefits of
exercise and fun with friends.
Whether you're in a class with
others, working out in the gym with
a buddy, playing netball or taking a
walk with a friend, having others
work out with you can make you
feel good as well as help motivate
you to push harder to get a better
workout without it feeling so hard.
Increased Health: While stress can
cause illness, illness can also cause
stress. Illness can result in physical
pain, missed activities, feelings of
isolation and other costs that come
with it. Improving your overall
health and longevity with exercise
can also save you a great deal of
stress in the short run (by
strengthening your immunity to
colds, the flu and other minor
illnesses) and the long run (by
helping you stay healthier longer,
and enjoy life more because of it).
Resilience to Stress: Research
suggests that physical activity may
be linked to lower physiological
reactivity toward stress. Simply put,
those who get more exercise may
become less affected by the stress
they face. So, in addition to all the
other benefits, exercise may supply
some immunity toward future stress
as well as a way to cope with current
For more information on exercise
and coping with depression, visit
depression.org.nz. If you are
struggling with high levels of
anxiety, worry or fear, contact a
medical professional or counsellor.
If you are unsure about your ability
to exercise, please consult your
doctor before beginning.
Learning to live with the pain of arthritis
arthritis in your
hands can be
like peeling an
Arthritis is truly a pain!
As I am sitting here typing about this topic,
I am suffering from its most common form --
It makes my hands sore and stiff -- not what
you need when you're rushing to meet a
Fortunately there are treatments that
alleviate the problem, such as sensible
exercise, and I also personally take health
supplements including fish oil and
glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin, but the
reality is I'm stuck with arthritis for the rest of
my life and I have to deal with it.
A lot of people are surprised when they go
to the doctor with aches and pains and they
are told they have arthritis.
More than half a million New Zealanders are
affected by arthritis at some time in their life
and they don't necessarily have to be in the
older age group to be diagnosed with this
health condition. In fact, more than a
thousand New Zealand children and young
people aged under 20 are affected by arthritis
at any one time.
Here are the facts:
Arthritis is a serious health condition with no
Arthritis is the single greatest cause of
disability in New Zealand.
More than half a million people are affected
by arthritis during their lifetime.
More than 25,000 New Zealanders will not be
able to work this year due to their arthritis.
Children get arthritis too.
Women get arthritis more than men.
There are more than 100 different types of
arthritis. Apart from osteoarthritis and
rheumatoid arthritis, other forms include
ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, gout,
lupus, scleroderma, reactive arthritis, psoriatic
arthritis and polymyalgia rheumatica.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of
Sports and other injuries can lead to arthritis.
You can do a lot for yourself to make coping
with arthritis easier.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory
illness that affects the joints and because it
affects the entire body it can affect other parts
of the body as well.
Some people have a mild form of
rheumatoid arthritis that may require only
intermittent treatment for minor symptoms
and they may not experience misshapen
One in six people who are affected by
rheumatoid arthritis will have a more serious
form that can cause painful misshapen joints.
The big thing is to consult a doctor if you
are suffering from aches and pains which
could be arthritis.
Another invaluable source of support for
arthritis sufferers is Arthritis New Zealand, an
organisation whose motto is ''Enabling a
Better Quality of Life''.
You can contact Arthritis New Zealand on
0800 663 463 to make an appointment.
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