Modern lifestyle and stress

We hear so much about how stress is ‘bad’ for us that we sometimes forget about its upside. As humans, we are well adapted to certain kinds of stress. For example, when we exercise, we are deliberately causing our bodies to become stressed because we know that by doing so, and then recovering, we will become better adapted at handling that level of stress in future. For example, we will become stronger, more flexible or have greater endurance. Science calls this process hormesis. In other words, moderately intensive stress, such as regular exercise, is beneficial. Continue reading “Modern lifestyle and stress”

Run for your life?

Human beings need to move. Just about everybody, except perhaps the dedicated couch potato, would agree to that statement. However, what is the best kind of exercise? Should we be devoted joggers, running every morning before our day begins and signing up for marathons? Is walking the dog a couple of times a day good enough? What about joining the bodybuilders at the local gym (if we’re not too intimidated by the tattoos and grunts)? How about yoga or Pilates, or an aerobics class? Continue reading “Run for your life?”