Fitting Fitness In—Despite Your Stress

July 20th, 2010 by Amy Gonsalves Leave a reply »

I think it’s important to figure out ways to keep yourself working out while you’re stressed and busy.  I know, I know.  It’s difficult.  And some days you won’t be able to squeeze it in.  However, make sure that those days are very few and far between.  Take care of yourself and your body; the rest of your life will thank you for it!

Saw this in the July 2010 issue of Oxygen magazine and I like what they say:

Q: When I’m stressed, I find it difficult to train.  How can I keep myself motivated?

A: Exercise reduces stress, increases energy and enhances mood, so the most important time to fit in a workout is when you’re stressed!  The very act of making yourself a priority counteracts stress and even helps prevent it.  Here’s how:

Pick a time of day to exercise that you are most able to commit to at least three times a week.

Choose a form of exercise you enjoy doing.  For instance, don’t force yourself to run if you genuinely don’t enjoy it.

Train with a friend or personal trainer—you’re less likely to bow out of an obligation to others.

Find a quiet place, take some deep slow breaths and visualize yourself exercising and feeling strong, fit and healthy.

Last, give yourself a reward for sticking to your commitment to reinforce the healthy choices you are making for yourself.

Are you seeing a trend here?  Exercise helps you combat the bad stuff in your life.  Feel good about that.  Make time to exercise, and feel better about what you’re doing for yourself.  Feeling strong, fit and healthy isn’t a quick fix and it is impossible to achieve overnight—but the benefits reach wide and last a lifetime if you let them and keep at it.

So go, carve out some time to exercise.

Enjoy the benefits.

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