Exercise and GET RID of Emotional Stress

Please note, I am not a doctor. All information below is based on personal experience, certified personal training experience, doctor recommendations and client feedback. Scientifically, exercise has been proven to help with emotional stress, depression and anxiety when working closely with your doctor and certified personal trainer. If you suffer from anything listed above, please contact your doctor or therapist first before starting a new workout routine. Nicol A. Hodges

I know, when you are emotionally stressed, the last thing you want to think about is a jumping jack or a push-up. Trust me, I get it but read a little bit more and see what you think because exercise has helped me deal with depression and anxiety over the years and I swear by it! 

One of the hardest parts of being a personal trainer or coach is keeping clients motivated. Many of our clients come to us after a hard day at work, a long day with the kids or after a day of intense learning at school. Our clients are tired, drained and usually not looking forward to working out. It's hard to shake off the day but when you redirect your focus and know that your trainer/coach/instructor are there for you, you are already taking the first step to get rid of your emotional stress. 

First, what is emotional stress? Everyone seems to have it at some point in their lives. It's when stress starts to effect your emotions or how we feel throughout the day. Emotional stress can cause anxiety, fatigue, moodiness, sleeping habits and withdrawal. Emotional stress can come from a complicated relationship, a challenging job, money (too much or too little) or a loss of a loved one.

There are so many things that pull at our emotions and at the end of the day you are DONE! Your body is exhausted, your mind is numb and the fact that you are still breathing can seem like a miracle. Right? Well, that's when some form of exercise comes in and can literally change your way of thinking, which can change your life.

Below, check out the benefits of exercise. You do not have to have a personal trainer. You can start your own exercise routine or join a group fitness class, either way, start moving! It's a great way to reduce stress, get in shape and feel better about yourself from the outside-in!

  • Let's Talk it Out. Having someone there to talk about your day is a relief. A client doesn't have to share every little detail but to release some of the tension verbally immediately puts your mind at ease.
  • Start to Move. Moving your body around releases endorphins and certain levels of adrenaline. That's a good thing! Endorphins are natural pain reliever and they are responsible for the feeling of relaxation and what many call "the runner's high". 
  • Let's Refocus. Pushing through a challenging exercise takes the focus away from your day and puts the focus back on you in a positive way. In order for you to be at your best, you have to have time to focus on your health and physical strength. When faced with a challenging exercise and a good trainer, accomplishing that one exercise can make you feel like a million bucks! It will also remind you that if you can conquer a physical challenge you can conquer an emotional one.
  • Getting in a Good Sweat. You may not like sweating but your body loves it. Sweating is a great way to detox your body from outside environmental toxins as well as inner-body substances such as alcohol, cholesterol and salt. When you sweat you that also means you are burning calories and getting closer to a "leaner" you!
  • Getting it DONE. Completing a workout is the most gratifying. Whether you are happy the workout is over or happy that you crushed it. . .you're "HAPPY"! Happy is a good thing and no matter what's going on in your life, it IS OK to be happy and feel good about yourself.  So, let's get moving and get rid of your emotional stress!


Nicol A Hodges

Nicol A. Hodges aka "Nic" is fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) and product designer living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned her 400m state ranking 3 years in a row. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8-Big 12 Track and Field titles and a championship title. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local and national running events.