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Does Exercise Help With Stress?

Does Working Out Help You De-Stress?

After a recent incredibly stressful day, I hit the gym. Studies have shown that exercise helps with stress, but for me, it doesn't always work that way. Instead of helping me relax, being at the gym can sometimes amp me up even more. Overwhelming stress can make me distracted and interfere with my focus, and as a result my workouts suffer. By the end of this after-office workout, I felt more down than I did when I showed up.

I do think that exercise helps me feel less prone to stress. But in moments when I'm already in an emotional state, going to the gym doesn't seem to be a remedy. How about you?

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
This is why I work out every single day for 99 to 120 minutes!
MyssCC914 MyssCC914 7 years
Absolutely!! Kickboxing and Zumba are the best ways for me to de-stress.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Yep, when I work out, I always feel like I've started my day off on the right foot. Then I'm ready to tackle whatever comes my way that day.
Mouzzer Mouzzer 7 years
Getting outdoors especially in the mountains to exercise always helps me relax and restore!! It doesn't matter what I am doing - hiking, mountain biking, walking and stopping to do some plies against a tree. I don't think I could do the whole gym thing. It's too removed from the earth. I know that may sound strange, but that's the way I am!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Yes. In fact, during the most stressful periods of my life, I've over-exercised to cope. I ended up so scrawny! That was an unhealthy extreme, I think. I looked like a child. :)
akay akay 7 years
Yes and no. After an hour of yoga, I'll realize that I haven't thought once of whatever thoughts had been nagging me beforehand. You're too busy following directions and watching your form to get absorbed in thought. But if I'm watching something dumb on a treadmill, the day's preoccupations are ALL I will be able to think about.
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 7 years
ehh. I wish I could agree with everyone. CEPT there was this one time that I went to the gym REALLY mad and yes, it was prob the hardest I ever ran haha. But that hardly ever happens on a regular basis =/
Girrly007 Girrly007 7 years
I work out in the mornings before work, and I can definitely tell a difference in my attitude. My workplace is a very stressful environment right now, as I work at a failing bank. Generally speaking working out destresses me, but last week when I was really angry after work I went and lifted weights. I lifted too much weight and actually hurt myself. Woops! :) The short answer though... Yes. It definitely destresses me.
Frenched Frenched 7 years
Generally yes, but it also depends on the type of workout. I have found out cardio helps me relax more than other exercises.
kclulu kclulu 7 years
I run or walk (depending on how hot it is) everyday on my lunch break for stress relief. I have to get away from my desk and have an uninterrupted hour to myself. When I come back I am always in a much better mood and ready to tackle the afternoon. Actually anytime I am in a bad mood, depressed, stressed or angry - working out always makes me feel better!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I have my best workouts when I'm seriously angry. Post breakup workouts were the best! I'd be like "well you may have dumped me, but I just burned 1,500 calories!" I miss those workouts!
michlny michlny 7 years
It's my savior!
Chelsea25 Chelsea25 7 years
The answer is yes generally. There are times though where I just can't get past whatever it is on my mind and its almost like it saps all my energy and I can't work out. When I feel like that I give it 10 mins and if I still feel that way I stop and try to do something else creative.
outstripped outstripped 7 years
It helps me realize that I have at least ONE thing -- my physical fitness -- under control!!
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 7 years
100%! After a hard day teaching teenagers, nothing helps me purge the negativity more than a workout!
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
in short - yes, yes, yes! but i've learnt to develop other de-stressing/anxiety management mechanisms for those occasions where it's not feasible to "work it off"
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