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Stress and Exercise

You’ll either love or hate today’s stress buster tip. The idea is to get in an intense workout to release tension and get those feel-good endorphins pumping through your body. Trust me, it works extremely well. Even if you’re cringing at the though, I encourage you to give it a couple of tries. Once you see just how effective a good workout is at relieving stress, you’ll be motivated to do it more often.

Why Exercise?

There’s a reason I suggest you hit the gym. It doesn’t matter if you use a home gym, the one at your development, or one of the many local gyms. You simply want to be able to get a short and intense workout in somewhere. If neither of those are an option, buy a couple of dumbbells, grab a milk crate and figure out a workout routine that you can do at home in a pinch.

Whenever you feel particularly stressed, make sure you get a good workout in that day. You can head to the company gym on your lunch break or stop at your local one on the way home. After an intense workout and a shower you’ll feel like new woman. By the time you get home, the stress will have melted away and you’re ready for a relaxed evening with your family or friends (or even by yourself!) and a good night sleep.

Endorphins and Sleep

It’s this combination of endorphins and getting more sleep that has the biggest effect when it comes to taking stress down a notch. I don’t have to tell you that everything seems a lot worse than it is when you are tired and haven’t slept well. After a good workout and particularly if you make it a regular habit, you’ll sleep better and deeper. This helps avoid the afternoon slump and of course the added stress. As an extra bonus, you’ll get more done throughout the day. Your productivity will increase with adequate rest.

Exercise and Worry

Exercise also does a good job at distracting you from your worries. When all your attention and concentration is focused on making it through the next set, you don’t have time to wallow in what’s stressing you out. As an added bonus, all that exercise will tone your body and make you look great! With that you’ll get a boost in confidence that also helps you get over much of what’s stressing you out. Sometimes it’s just about attitude.

Give it a try for a few days and then turn those days into weeks and months. Exercising may never become your favorite thing to do, but that’s ok. It’s a tool you can use to reduce stress and look and feel better. That alone can help provide  plenty of motivation to get it done. Of course the rest of your body and your overall health will benefit from it as well.

Don’t Miss A Thing

In case you missed one of the emails and posts, here are the tips I’ve shared so far:

Day 1 Welcome And How Relaxing More Can Help Reduce Stress
Day 2 The Dangers of Stress
Day 3 The Importance Of Rest And Relaxation
Day 4 Quick Stress Buster: Take a Nap
Day 5 How To Know That You’re Too Stressed
Day 6 Quick Stress Buster – Take A Breath
Day 7 Not a Paradox – Relax and Get More Done
Day 8 Quick Stress Buster – Go For A Walk
Day 9 Are you putting yourself first?
Day 10 – Have You Tried Meditation?
Day 11 – Work Hard & Play Hard
Day 12 – Stress Buster: Plant Something
Day 13 – The Value Of Doing Nothing At All
Day 14 – Quick Stress Buster: Start Journaling
Day 15 – Your Stuff May Be Stressing You Out
Day 16 – Quick Stress Buster: Lose Yourself In A Book Or Movie
Day 17 – Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
Day 18 – Quick Stress Buster – Laugh Out Loud
Day 19 – Active Relaxation vs. Passive Relaxation and Why You Need Both
Day 20 – Quick Stress Buster: Phone a Friend
Day 21 – Why It’s Important To Listen To Your Body
Day 22 – Time For Tea
Day 23 – What Are Your Stressors?