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Stress: 5 Ways Exercise Is A Stress Reliever

5 Ways Exercise Is A Stress Reliever

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Stress is a part of life and most of us have a certain level of stress in our lives. Although, it’s almost impossible to eliminate, we are able to manage it.

Exercise can help lower your overall stress levels and, at the same time, improve your quality of life both mentally and physically.

Here are 5 Ways Exercise Helps Reduce Stress:

Exercise and Stress Relief

  1. Increased Endorphins – Exercise releases feel-good endorphins which is why you tend to feel good (aka “runner’s high”) after a workout.
  2. Better Sleep – Sleep can be negatively impacted by stress, depression, and anxiety. Exercise tires your body and helps you sleep better.
  3. Improve Overall Cognitive Function (ie. alertness and concentration) – Stress depletes you of your energy and focus. Exercise helps improve overall cognitive function.
  4. Elevate Mood – Physical activity can help elevate your mood by relieving the tension, anxiety, and/or depression that often go hand-in-hand with stress.
  5. Increase Emotional Well-Being – Studies show that exercising on a regular basis increases self-esteem and self-confidence. And individuals with high self-esteem have few stress related problems.

Overall, exercising will take your mind off your worries. It’s been said that it produces some of the same benefits as meditating.  Since your concentration is on the repetitive movements, it promotes a focus on your body rather than your mind. This focus can help provide clarity and calmness.

I believe that this has helped with my anxiety and stress levels since I’ve been consistently exercising for the past year. I used to have pretty severe anxiety when traveling and got to a point where I would rather stay home and have a “staycation” than to travel and see the world. Travelling was a passion of mine; I used to travel at least twice a year.  However, this year I recently went to the Caribbean and have plans to go on another trip. I found that my recent trip went almost stress free and my anxiety levels were pretty low to probably non-existent.

We all know that exercising on a regular basis is healthy, but many of us feel that we are too busy and stressed to fit it into our daily routine. It not only has health benefits but is also a natural stress management technique. The benefits are not only physical, but also mental. So lets all try to be more physically active!

Let’s get started with some strength training exercises, click here and here.

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  • Reply jhilmil

    Endorphins n sleep are so important! Loved the post

    May 27, 2017 at 12:23 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Definitely! Thanks for reading. 🙂

      May 28, 2017 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Akamatra

    Despite the fact that I know all too well the benefits of physical exercise, lately I can’t find the will to do more than some kms of walking each day. My excuse is lack of sleep due to the baby 🙁

    May 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Walking is still great! Hopefully you’ll get your sleep back on track soon. 🙂

      May 28, 2017 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Amber Pilcher

    This post is so true! Whenever I have a regular exercise routine, I sleep so much better and am in a better mood.

    May 28, 2017 at 1:46 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      Hope you keep at it! Thanks for reading. 🙂

      May 28, 2017 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Erlene

    Actually, I used to exercise a lot more and I did feel a happier and slept better. I guess it’s time for me to start exercising a bit more again 🙂

    May 28, 2017 at 4:17 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      It’s great, we all need to make time for it. Thanks for reading. 🙂

      May 28, 2017 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Khushboo

    No matter how I tired I am, I never fail to get up in the morning for my 45 minutes exercise routine. It energizes me for the rest of the day!

    May 28, 2017 at 7:52 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      That is excellent! 🙂

      May 28, 2017 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Courtney Andrews

    So very true! Even when I don’t feel like exercising, I am always glad I do because I feel so much better after!

    May 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Excellent! 🙂

      May 29, 2017 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Chemady

    It is very important to be physically active. Exercise helps our physical and mental state.

    May 28, 2017 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply David Elliott

    Thanks for the motivation. I know I really need to keep up with my exercise regimen. It’s so easy to get off course but this reminds me of the importance of not allowing myself to get sidetracked.

    May 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Ola

    These are great reminders. I always feel better and sleep better when I stick to my workouts.

    May 29, 2017 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Tina Basu

    Exercise is great for stress. I walk or run to release pent up stress

    May 29, 2017 at 9:21 am
    • Reply appowerfit

      That’s great! 🙂

      May 29, 2017 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Jackie

    So helpful. I’m trying to get back into an exercise routine and I think these will def help me. I’ve been having a hard time sleeping lately so I think maybe this is all I need.

    May 29, 2017 at 12:27 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Best of luck, Jackie!

      May 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply elena

    Totally agree with you. There’s nothing better to get rid of stress as a good workout. It works good for you both mentally and physically.

    May 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm
    • Reply appowerfit

      Yes! Thanks for reading. 🙂

      May 29, 2017 at 6:35 pm

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