Exercise is one of the best ways that you can manage stress. From an intense workout to a lunchtime walk break, physical activity can help you experience less daily stress.

Here are just a few of the ways that exercise helps you manage stress:

1. Improve mood and feel better.

When you’re physically active, your brain releases endorphins into your body. These feel-good chemicals help to boost your mood and give you some short-term relief from stress. And when you stick with a long-term training or workout routine, the number of stress hormones in your body will decrease, leading to more sustainable stress management.

2. Take your mind off daily worries.

All-day long, our thoughts compete for our attention. Exercise can help you shift your focus away from daily stress. It’s easier for your to-do list to fade into the background when you’re thinking about your movements and breathing. Taking this mindful approach to your workouts not only reduces stress, but it can also help you get more out of each of your workouts.

3. Get a quality night of sleep.

Sleep, stress, and activity are all related to one another. Regular exercise improves the quality of your sleep. And by getting a quality night of sleep, you’re better equipped to handle daily stress. To get the benefits of exercise on your sleep habits, keep up with a consistent workout routine. At the same time, you’ll better manage your stress levels by aiming for at least six hours of quality sleep each night. And if you can squeeze in a bit more than six hours, your body will welcome it.

At CPAC, our fitness programs are designed to help you move better, feel better, and play better. Check out the fitness programs we have to offer in our high-performance training facility. To learn more about how to get started on making your fitness goals a reality, contact us today.