Stress and Fitness

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    Jul 23, 2007 4:17 AM GMT
    Ok I'm trying to get into shape but stress has taken over and I can't get to the gym. Any help for simple workouts?
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    Jul 24, 2007 3:29 AM GMT
    Pushups at varying angles (traditional, feet on chair or couch, hands on chair or couch), crunches, lunges, squats. If you have a railing outside your home, you can use it to do bodyweight rows. Circuits are aalways good as they increase your heart rate and help improve strength gains and endurance. You can also google "body weight training" and there are some websites that show you a bunch of different exercises without using any equipment.
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    Jul 24, 2007 3:49 AM GMT
    Stress had taken over?
    Physical exercise is one of the best medicines for stress.You need to schedule your workouts in advance. treat your workout routine as you would a job.

    You turn up to work every morning at 9am or whatever, and work until the end of the day. You should treat your gym sessions the same. Plan it in as part of your day and you will find yourself going regularly as part of your daily routine.

    For someone who is jsut starting to get into a fitness regime, I would strongly recommend either splashing out a bit of money on a few personal training sessions or finding a gym partner. If you leave it up to yourself to train when you don't "feel stressed", you are likely to skip workouts without much thought.

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    Jul 24, 2007 4:57 AM GMT
    One small thing. I'm leaving for school in 5 weeks and need all the money I have since I'll be living on my own for the first time. And School is turning out to be expensive even with the loans and stuff. So affording a trainer is at the bottom of the list. And I work at an Amusment park so my schedule is all over the place.
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    Jul 24, 2007 5:16 AM GMT
    Ok, so maybe a trainer is beyond your means. But you should seriously consider writing out a fitness plan for yourself. Make it a little harder than you are used to so that you are stretching yourself.

    Maybe take a look at the 12 wk program online here at this site, and have a go at that.
    The main thing is to get yourself into the habit of working out, and not seeing it as something you can take or leave at whim. You should decide to workout three times a week, and stick to it.

    Good luck

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    Jul 24, 2007 2:27 PM GMT
    Going to school? Awesome!

    Your school, no matter how big or small, poor or rich, religious or secular, has a gym. Probably has a gym that not only will work with whatever routine you have now but will also be packed to the walls with guys so hot you will find it hard to concentrate.

    I know the stress is getting to you now. And fitting in workingout is important. I hope knowing that you will have access to a free gym just steps away from your classes makes you feel a little better.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 24, 2007 6:45 PM GMT
    Try walking more on your daily routine.Or try jogging about your local neighbourhood.
    Look for a training buddy from friends,family,work mates, help with the motivation.
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    Aug 21, 2007 4:23 AM GMT
    I second cronker's suggestion. I work in a very stressful field right now, and if I worked out only when I didn't feel stressed, I'd never make it to the gym. If you are in school, your body will need to perform in top condition, especially if you're working on top of it. Although you are often tired after a trip to the gym, working out will actually give you energy, which, combined with proper sleep and planned rest periods, will help you to be more energetic during the day, as well as sleep better at night.

    As a recent graduate, I fully understand your predicament with respect to costs of gym membership and personal trainer. Check the class catalog at your school to see what kind of phys ed classes they offer. You may find yoga, pilates, or some other activity that will help you to strengthen and tone, while also encouraging your emotional/mental/spiritual well-being. You may also try a nutrition class. Having a background in nutrition will put you in tune with what kinds of fuel your body needs at a given time. We are an exact product of what we put into ourselves, on many levels. There are even great articles on this website that will show you what to eat to help combat stress. [Here's a tip: McDonalds is not on that list.]

    Hope some of this helps.
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    Aug 21, 2007 4:37 AM GMT
    Oh belive me I know. I worked for McDonald's. Never again.
  • zakariahzol

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    Aug 21, 2007 5:30 AM GMT
    You dont mention what causing the stress, work ,personel, financial or other problem. I work in stressful environment. I am handling nearly 200 customer account and have to be ready 24/7 for any of their complain, need and requirement. I have to achieve sales target every weekly, monthly and yearly. If I dont do this things my boss will be on my ass asking me why.

    But working out have reduce my stress. When I am working out,swiming, jog or doin my kickboxing , that times is mine. I switch the cell phone off focus on what I am doing. Try separating your work life (if that causing the stress) with your fitness life. If I can making times for my customer , I can make times for myself.
  • UStriathlete

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    Aug 21, 2007 5:34 AM GMT
    it's called cortisol, which is a hormone, caused by stress. your body does't really know if it's from physical or emotional stress.

    sometimes a relaxing activity, like a walk, easy cardio for 20 minutes, a beginners yoga class or mat plates are better choices, than slogging it out in a spin class or hard lifting session.

    for anyone, "know your body". if it's too hard or a big effort, take it easy, slow down. maybe the next day or the day after you feel better and you can push harder. "in order to go fast, you need to go slow" if you go the same pace every session, your body just looks into that, mix it up a bit and you'll faster... sorry got off track.