The connection between exercise and stress can turn your mind into a battlefield.
The research, physiology, and your past experiences all agree. A run or CrossFit class can soften the mental load, make a gloomy day a tad brighter (thanks, endorphins!), and even motivate you!
But … life always manages to get in the way.
The defeating work-school-relationship combo sways you in the opposite direction. Lacing up your Nikes, loading the barbell, or hitting the treadmill are more mental challenges than anything.
It pits the same-old internal war: “I know it’s good for me and will help me feel better. But I can’t find it in me to take that first step.”
Maybe the research will do the trick and offer that final motivational nudge. Gains aside, here are 11 exercise and stress statistics to prove once and for all its benefits for the mind.[Read more…] about Can Exercise Reduce Stress? (Here’s What Statistics Say)