Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Stress & Training

It's an interesting conundrum: the more stressed you are, the less you feel like you have the time and energy necessary to train. But at the same time, the more stressed you are, the more you'd benefit from setting aside a bit of time to get in the gym and work your ass off.

Exercise relieves stress. Even better news for the lifters, Crossfitters and LSD-haters among us, high-intensity exercise is better at relieving stress than low-intensity exercise.

I don't really have any mind-blowing analysis or earth-shattering ideas to present here. This is one of the few cases in exercise science where the experts all agree, and conventional wisdom is actually wise.

This post is just a reminder to myself and anybody else out there who may have been feeling a bit overhwelmed lately and hasn't gotten into the gym: Do it. As soon as possible. As in right now, unless you're a heart surgeon in mid-operation or a pilot in command of a transatlantic flight. (In which case you probably shouldn't be reading this, anyway.)

Get your gym shorts on, go kick your own butt and forget your worries for a while. It'll do you a world of good.

P.S. I googled the word "necessary" to make sure I'd spelled it right in this post. The very first result turned out to be quite an interesting read. Good times.


Charlotte said...

I love google. Truly. And exercise! Thanks for the reminder. Sorry you are so stressed as of late:(

ERIN said...

Working out is the only thing that de-stresses me! Unfortunately, I am in that stress rut, but see this weekend as the light to get be back on the fitness train.

MizFit said...

checking on you.

all ok there?
just busy?


gilesdm said...

I agree totally with this. The more stressed I get, the less I want to train, but the better I feel afterwards. Although, I find that being stressed isn’t that conducive to a good workout as I always have a better session when I’m a happy chappy.

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