Stress.  People of all ages experience it and you just can’t get away from it.  Health issues, problems at work, the financial crisis, and everything else you worry about adds to your stress.  Unfortunately, it has become such a way of life that many people don’t even realize when they are feeling stressed.  It’s just always there.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress, take a few deep breaths and read the rest of this article.  Don’t let stress get the best of you this year.  There are simple ways to combat stress, and of course, exercise (not valium) should be at the top of your list.

Why Exercise?

Exercise is amazing because it reduces hormones that make you feel stressed out (such as cortisol) while increasing levels of hormones that make you feel great (endorphins).  This instant gratification is why many people don’t want to miss their workouts.

Plus, exercise doesn’t make you sleepy (like Valium) and you can still drive a car!

Choose your activities wisely

Listen to your body and really pay attention to the way you feel after your workout.  You should feel energized and relaxed.  It’s like taking a deep breath and exhaling—it just makes your body feel good!  If that’s not the case, you need to re-evaluate your exercise routine.

If you’ve been doing the same workout for the last 10 years, it’s time to make a change.  Our bodies are not built to do the same thing over and over again. That’s why people end up with repetitive use injuries.  Just like food you eat, it’s good to mix it up; including a variety of new exercises (every now and then) will greatly benefit your current level of fitness.

Adding a Spin® or Zumba® Class to your weekly routine may be just what you need to burn more stress and feel really great.

Learning to manage stress through exercise is an important part of living your life to the fullest.  So get moving and chill out!


Be Fit,