Feeling kind of stressed? You’re not alone.
Stress is an inevitable part of our modern existence. Whether you’re the president of a Fortune 500 company, a Kindergarten teacher or a construction worker, you have stress to deal with.
But you don’t have to let it get the best of you.
By battling stress in your day-to-day routine, you can stop pulling your hair out and get back to living a more relaxed life.
How can you turn your stress-filled life on its head?
With one of the best weapons against stress: exercise.
Working Out Works: When stress is getting you down, you need something to kick you out of your funk. You need something that makes you feel good.
Because every time you exercise, you increase your body’s production of endorphins.
In case you didn’t get the memo, endorphins are responsible for those good moods you get in after a race or the euphoria you feel while chomping down on a piece of chocolate.
However, before you grab a piece of chocolate and skip the gym, remember the end result of each and choose which one will help you battle stress in the long run. (Hint: It’s not the chocolate.)
Best Bets: Now that you know exercise reduces stress, you may be wondering which exercises will be most likely to keep you from banging your head against the wall. Ready to learn what exercise you should be performing as you wage war against stress? Here it is: whatever you enjoy doing.
That’s right – any and all exercise you perform helps you fend off the effects of stress. So whether you enjoy jogging, lifting weights, playing basketball, practicing ballet, swimming, yoga, rowing, or boxing, simply getting involved in your exercise of choice is sure to help reduce your stress.
Some of my clients favorite exercises are slamming a sledgehammer against one of our 200 or 400 pound tires (for real!), throwing medicine balls against the ground or even good old fashioned kettlebell swings!
Through the Brick Wall: Working out every day and not getting the stress relief you so eagerly desire? Then it’s time to do things a little different. If all you do is lift weights five days a week, you should add in sprints or sled pushing a couple days a week. And if you’re all cardio all the time, it may be time to get off the treadmill and grab a dumbbell or two. Within a couple of weeks you’ll feel stronger AND spunkier!
Still not working? Keep a diary of your progression. Write down how long and hard you exercise, the various weights you lift, and the steps you make toward whatever health goal you set for yourself. Take pictures along the way as well. Then look back over your journal on occasion. Seeing the progression when you feel you’re not making progress may give you the confidence you need to put stress in its place and move on.
My mission is to get each and every one of my clients the body that they desire and along with that a low stress lifestyle. One final note- if you’re not getting 7-8 hours of GOOD sleep a night then start there! (or get a massage and feel better instantly!) haha
ps If you’re in the East Valley, take the stress out of planning your own workouts by joining one of our high-energy, fat-blasting S.W.E.A.T. sessions at our famous Chandler headquarters!
Ryan Lucero is the Fearless Leader and Owner at Phoenix 360 Fitness. He is an Author and Animal Rescue Advocate and currently training for his first Ironman Competition.