As much as it may stress you out just to think about going to the gym or exercising, once you actually start working out, you’ll experience less stress in every part of your life.
“Exercise produces a relaxation response that serves as a positive distraction,” says Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiciologist for the American Council on Exercise. He says it also helps elevate your mood and keep depression at bay. You’re not the only person who will benefit from more happiness and less stress in your life. When you’re less stressed, you’re less irritable, Artkinson says – and that could improve relationships with your partner, kids, and co-workers. With the growing number of stressors in today’s world exercise seems to be one of the only things left that doesn’t cost a lot of money and can make any number of bad situations seem a lot more tolerable.