Stressed By Exercise? 5 Things That Could Be The Reason Why.On by
Exercise is supposed to relax you, but why do I feel stressed when working out?
I’ve heard this question many times, exercise stresses people out, but then why is it considered a relaxing hobby, which a lot of other people like to do in their spare time?
Well, people who get really into regular exercise will really understand how beneficial it can be, not just physically but mentally.
It’s mainly people who are new to regular/intense exercise who dread the thought of lifting weights or going for an intense run. Some may even feel anxiety before heading to the gym!
So for the people who love exercise, how does it help reduce stress?
While you’re undergoing an intense workout such as weight lifting, you tend to focus more on the movement. It is an incredible way to relieve stress and all the issues that come along with life.
Intense workouts can also induce endorphin. These endorphins would then decrease your levels of stress, pain, and fatigue.
Just by doing moderate exercise, your spirits can be lifted.
So for the people who dread exercise and find it a stressful and uncomfortable experience…
If you’re experiencing stress while you exercise, take a look at some of the possible causes:
1. Early Stages
If you’re in the early stages of working out or you’re in a new surrounding, that could lead to some anxiety. Some people simply do not like working out for others to see, and it could be causing some unwanted stress.
2. Slow results
If you are exercising to reach a goal weight and the scale is not showing any major declines in weight, it can appear that you are wasting your time. This can be extremely frustrating. Just note that exercise can increase your overall cardiovascular health and even though your weight has not decreased, you could very well be losing inches.
If you find yourself working for an extended period of time at work, then you leave to workout, you may already be too drained. This will lead to a feeling of overexertion and basically you won’t want to be at the gym working out.
You have to make sure you give yourself enough time to recover. Whether it is getting more sleep, or taking a day off, it’s important that your cortisol levels are not too high. If it is high, it can lead to you feeling much worse.
Using competition can be a great motivator as you are working out with someone else. Sometimes, however, you can take it up a notch by competing against yourself by outdoing your previous times or reps. That way you can still determine your own pace.
5. The routine
Your routine or workout doesn’t suit you. There are many different exercises out there from running to lifting weights or even just playing sports, find something you like doing rather than forcing yourself to do something you hate, which will only add stress to your life.
So if you find exercise a stressful experience, switch it up a little bit. Try and analyze why your feeling this anxiety and drill down to the root cause.