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Can Exercise Make Me Feel More Stressed?

The short answer is Yes. 

This is what happens when we “overtrain”. Our cortisol levels rise to a point that our body begins to shut down to protect itself. 

We begin to feel weak, tired and irritable. This is counterproductive in our efforts to improve our health and fitness.

So when is it too much? First one of the biggest factors is age, next is our lifestyle (nutrition, hydration, sleep, stress).

For the most part If you are working out 7 days a week, this will eventually lead to overtraining, loss of gains and possibly injury.

The dilemma; many of us use working out to relieve stress, and create the endorphins that make us feel good, so missing a day can feel unproductive. 

Step 1: Ask yourself, “what are my personal goals”. (Be specific and measurable)

Step 2: Talk to a fitness professional about your goals and how they can help you reach your goals.

Step 3: Create a plan with that professional and stick to it.

Daily movement is good for you. What you do, how often you do it, mixed with levels of intensity and time should be planned out to match your goals. Exercising for the sake of exercising is counterproductive and will have you jumping from one thing to another, giving you the “illusion” of progress.

That being said, a simple weekly workout regime of 3 days on, 1 day off, 2 days on, 1 day off is easy to follow. The days off can consist of very low intensity movement, like walking or light hiking, meditation and yoga. 

Talk to your coach about the best plan for you.

  • Steve G.


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