The Impact of Mental Stress on Physical Fitness

Stress is the cause for many lifestyle diseases and affects your mood therefore managing mental stress is crucial for your physical health and well-being.
Exercise helps to relieve stress but if you have too much going on in your life it could potentially add to it and tip you over the edge. Stress accumulates, be it mental or physical it combines and acts on the body the same. This lowers your training tolerance due to commitments (or problems) outside of the gym.

Many professional athletes do not have to deal with the added stress of study or a full time job because sport is their job and so this allows more volume through physical activity.

Avoid stressing out so you can lead a healthy life and continue training.

There are many mental benefits from being in great shape and having physical skills this includes improved self-esteem and overall and happiness. Therefore sport and exercise lowers mental stress and combats depression.

Training recommendations for combating stress

For the average person I recommend an exercise routine whereby you are training 4 to 5x per week. If you are very busy you can maintain 3 workouts per week and when time allows pick it up again at a later date.

Because if you are struggling to maintain 3 workouts a week then the work load you are carrying is too much and detrimental to your health and well-being. But that is rarely the case… it is often because people are prioritizing the wrong activities in life.

Personally I have found my immune system to be at its best when I do both strength training and cardio opposed to just the one.
You want to experiment and find what ratio works for you.

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