Does exercising influence the response to stress?

In my last post, ‘Exercise and Stress Response‘ I chatted about how exercise may help us build resilience to coping with stressful situations.

In part 4 today I’ll answer this question:

What have you noticed about exercise and its ability to influence your stress levels and your response to stress?

In short though, we are designed to move every day. Whilst we don’t move like humans of 100 years ago or 1000 years ago, we need to find movement modalities we enjoy to undertake every day. That can be as simple as a daily 15 minute walk, yoga, practicing other generalised movements or playing with the kids.

Moving every day and feeling good go hand in hand.

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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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Stress and Exercise

I recently had the opportunity to talk to a group of students (via video) on the subject of stress and how exercise can help mitigate the negative impacts.

Over a series of posts I will share my learned thoughts, opinions and experiences.

Part 1. Off on a gentle note

What role does exercise play in your life?

Exercising is just one component of moving for me. Exercise whether in sport or in my gym or rambling through the bush, is first-off my time. My time to distract myself from all the worries in life or to work them out in my head. I spend many hours a week helping other people with their exercise in their free time for whatever goals or needs they have. I therefor get my time.

Moving on from the ‘my time’ factor, exercise for me is a kind of exploration. I’ll never be the greatest at one kind of exercise (speed, power, strength, flexibility etc) but I like to learn more about what makes exercise healthy, optimal, stronger without having a negative impact on health. I love to see how the body can progress and up-skill.

I really enjoy taking some the more complex movements and breaking them down into simple chunks to practice and stitch together again. Not many people can perform a pull up or a pistol squat or even get down to the floor and up again without using their hands. I like to address this with my practices. How can we chunk down these moves before reassembling them into one fluent movement?

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