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Quick Stress Buster: Hit the Gym

Day 23 of our 30 Day Stress Reduction and Relaxation Challenge

Hit the gym to counteract stress

There’s just something about an intense workout that makes the stress melt away and problems fade into the background. While heading to the gym may not be your favorite thing to do, we encourage you to read today’s blog post and give it some serious consideration. You don’t even need a gym membership to make this work.

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 us, it works extremely well. Even if you’re cringing at the tough, we 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.

There’s a reason we suggest you hit the gym. It doesn’t matter if you use a home gym 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 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 person. By the time you get home, the stress will have melted away and you’re ready for a relaxed evening with your family and a good night 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. WE 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 avoids 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 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 good. 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 feel better. That alone should be plenty of motivation to get it done. Of course the rest of your body and your overall health will benefit from it as well.

Day 23’s Stress-busting Mantra is “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you don’t stop”

Today’s post is also a great motivator if you needed an extra reason to hit the gym more regularly. If you have some questions about implementing this, let’s chat in the Facebook group.

In case you missed one of our posts, here is what we’ve shared so far:

Day 1 – The Dangers of Stress

Day 2 – The Importance Of Rest And Relaxation

Day 3 – Quick Stress Buster: Take A Nap

Day 4 – How To Know That You’re Too Stressed

Day 5 – Quick Stress Buster: Take a Breath

Day 6 – Taking Time to Relax Actually Helps You Get More Done

Day 7 – Quick Stress Buster: Go For A Walk

Day 8 – Yourself Before You Can Take Care Of Everyone Else

Day 9 – Quick Stress Buster: Try Meditation

Day 10 – Work Hard and Play Hard

Day 11 – Quick Stress Buster: Plant Something

Day 12 – The Value of Doing Nothing At All

Day 13 – Quick Stress Buster: Start Journaling

Day 14 – Your Stuff May Be Stressing You Out

Day 15 – Quick Stress Buster: Lose Yourself in a Book or Movie

Day 16 – Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Day 17 – Quick Stress Buster: Laugh Out Loud

Day 18 – Active Relaxation vs. Passive Relaxation and Why You Need Both

Day 19 – Quick Stress Buster: Phone a Friend

Day 20 – Listen To Your Body – It Tells You When to Slow Down

Day 21 – Quick Stress Buster: Brew a Cup of Tea

Day 22 – Time To Find and Cut Out Stressors

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