Exercise in general is great emotional support, whether your stressed out, anxious, depressed or just a little overwhelmed it can help. For me running is one of the best ways to exercise away my stress. Problem is running itself can cause some stress. When am I going to get my run in? What if I don’t follow my training plan?
Life is getting busy again (ok really when is it not, sometimes its just less busy) but with this busyness comes a need to balance running, household chores, work and relaxing. That is hard for me, I forgo true relaxing way to often. So with that in mind (and a few other things) I decided I’m NOT running a marathon this year. To be honest I’m not sure if I ever will and that is ok. For now I’m going to keep running as a stress reliever not a stress causer.
Here are a few things I try to do when exercising becomes a reason I’m stressed:
- Don’t go to the gym, just do something at home. Keep a few videos around to use on busy days. and then you can eliminate the locker room time, the drive and all of that ‘extra stuff.’
- Cut miles or a day. If your a runner and the calendar is getting full cut miles, I like running 5 days a week it lets me clear out my head, but I can’t always do the mileage I want. So cut miles on busy days and add them to slow ones if you can or just drop them all together on busy weeks.
- Make the little exercising you get to do extra stress relieving by doing a vinyassa yoga (or flow yoga lots more movement its actually a workout) or palaties.
- Intervals at the gym. If you need to do a quick intense workout try doing intervals of multiple things like 5 min on the stair stepper, 25 push ups, 1 mile on the elliptical and then 25 sit ups then repeat till you run out of time.