Does exercise help reduce stress?

Part 2

In part 1 I talked about the whys behind my exercise. Today I delve into a great question.

As an escape from stressors, exercise definitely offers something to focus on. Because I often focus on the positives of training, I leave every session feeling better. Feeling good feels good – so finishing a training session feeling good can sometime continue for hours.

Previously though, a specialised focus on certain lifts whilst training for Powerlifting did sway the benefits away from feeling good. An overly specialised training program can push us further into distress and away from eustress. For that reason, I prefer not to program overly intensive or specialised routines for too long. 4 to 6 weeks, two to three times a years proves a suitable duration for the hard and heavy specialised programs while the rest of the year is used to develop well rounded generalisations.

Training hard in high stress periods is never a good idea if longevity is your goal. 

The science of course tells us that endorphins released during exercise makes us feel good. Whilst that’s true, it’s a similar statement to ‘eating makes us healthy’. But we know how that can go wrong.

 

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