How Exercise Can Help You Manage Stress

How Exercise Can Help You Manage Stress

Over the years, psychologists have had multiple theories about what stress is and what prompts it. One of the more recent proposals is that stress is highly individualized and depends on a person’s interpretation and handling of potential stressors. This idea of stress explores the relationship between an individual and their mental processing of the stressors. This model of stress offers some comfort, as it offers a way to reduce stress; personal adaptation. Taking steps that help you to handle your individual interpretation of stress through cognitive reframing, distraction, and even increasing endorphins are all ways to help individuals manage stress. Exercise is a surprisingly effective way to achieve this stress management and to teach yourself that you can, indeed, handle the stressors in your life.

Stress Management Aspects Of Exercise

Exercising Makes Positive Changes In Your Brain
When you exercise, your heart rate increases which leads to greater blood flow throughout the body. When blood is pumping, more oxygen circulates throughout your body. This extra oxygen makes your body feel better, but it also helps your mind. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, which are often referred to as the “feel-good” hormones. These hormones will release shortly after a workout and will continue to accumulate over time if a person works out regularly, leading to more frequent feelings of happiness and calm.

Exercise Is a Healthy Distraction Method
One way to reduce the impact of stress is to get your mind off of the stressor. Instead of doing this with vices or unhealthy habits, exercise offers a healthy alternative. Exercise uses repetitive motion and concentration that allows you to focus on your body. It also forces you to focus on your breathing and the task at hand and many people use exercise as a form of meditation to clear the mind.

Exercise Creates A Sense Of Control
Once you get into the habit of regular exercising, you will start to see and feel changes in your body; this could be weight loss, muscle gain, increased flexibility, or improved endurance. Seeing and feeling these measurable changes can offer a sense of control over your body and health that can help translate to other aspects of your life. There is also a level of personal discipline needed to stick to a diet and exercise routine and having tangible proof that a person is able to execute control over that aspect of their life can help them realize they are able to balance other elements in their life.

One Less Thing To Stress About
Taking control of your health leads to less body pain and fewer physical limitations. This typically leads to fewer body issues that may otherwise increase stress. For example, having strong core muscles that help support your posture will reduce your risk of developing back pain, having good shoulder flexibility and regular head movement will reduce your risk of developing a stiff neck, and being in shape will limit how sore you get after doing physically demanding tasks such as moving or renovations. By improving your health, you make your everyday life easier. Leading a healthy lifestyle can also help to reduce stress about the risk of developing health conditions, as a healthy lifestyle boosts your immunity and lowers risks for cancer and cardiovascular issues.

Calgary Wellness Coaching To Reduce Stress

Wellness is a balance of mental and physical health, with each aspect affecting the other. If you are searching for stress management, consider lifestyle coaching to help you get into a healthy routine that addresses both physical and mental health. A trained life coach from Jensen Wellness will be able to work with you to create a personalized program that facilitates healthy living and the building of sustainable habits. At Jensen Wellness, we offer a 12-week program that is designed to help you create healthier habits and maximize your overall health, fitness, and well-being. To speak with a wellness coach and start your journey to a more stress-free life, contact Jensen Wellness at 1-403-200-0199 or fill out the online contact form.


This will depend on your own preferences. You can meet with your coach as frequently as once per week or only once every few weeks.

A life coach can help you in all aspects of your life, both personal and work-related. They will be able to give you the tools to help you overcome challenges in your life while setting you on a path to reach your goals. Once you are better equipped to handle stress, it will be simpler to find balance in your life.

Yes. At Jensen Wellness, we understand that many people feel too busy to get to a gym and speak face to face. That’s why we offer remote services such as coaching over Zoom or phone call and unlimited support via SMS or email.

A Roadmap For Your Journey To Wellness

A Roadmap For Your Journey To Wellness

The Jensen Wellness Institute is a completely personalized program to help you find mastery over your nutrition, your fitness, your wellness, and your health. This program will help you define your fitness goals, chart your progress, recognize your achievements, and surpass what you even thought you were capable of. Wherever you are, we are here to guide and support you on your journey.


It’s Your Time

The 12 Week program offered by The Jensen Wellness Institute is the answer for anyone seeking the true path to complete wellness. This program is customizable, supportive, and it works! If you are ready to commit 3 months to prioritize yourself and take the journey to the healthiest version of you, sign up for the Jensen Wellness Institute now.

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