Keeping Stress out of Exercise

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.

3 comments on “Keeping Stress out of Exercise

  1. I’ve been doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and I have really enjoyed it because it is so short but it’s hard. It leaves little room for excuses since it is so quick! Thank you for joining our hop!

  2. I think it’s so important to find that balance. It’s hard! One thing can so easily become the focus of your life and everything else falls by the wayside. Good for you keeping that in check to make yourself a happier person! Thanks for linking up with the Walkabout!

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