[BYWG BLOG] How to Take The Stress Out of Your Work Out
A big part of self-care is managing our stress level.
And a great stress-buster is exercising.
When you exercise, your body produces and releases endorphins. Endorphins are the “feel-good” hormone that our bodies naturally create – they increase positive moods and decrease pain.
Exercise also reduces the production of your body’s “stress hormones” – cortisol and adrenaline.
So, working out is a great way to de-stress, right?! Right.
Yet many of us do something that is counter-productive to this benefit…
WE STRESS OUT ABOUT WORKING OUT.
Exercise and working out should be something positive and healthy in your life. A natural way to limit stress – which is increasingly important during these stressful times of COVID-19 and social isolation – yet sometimes we put stress and pressure on ourselves to the extent that we are not able to truly reap the benefits of exercise.
It may be especially challenging right now to…
… find time to work out (with kids out of school)
… figure out what to do on your own (with gyms shut down)
… stick to a schedule or routine (life it totally different at the moment)
… enjoy your workout (you feel anxious or stressed)
We offer you this simple advice:
Be intentional about making your workout work for YOU right now!
Find a time that works for YOU.
Find a workout that works for YOU.
And if life gets in the way, find a new day/time that works for YOU.
Be thankful you CAN move your body.
Life has enough stress. Use exercise as a tool, not a burden or additional stressor.