A lot of people would choose to go out for a run or hit the gym for a strenuous workout session after having a bad moment with someone as for them, the vigorous exercise would serve as an outlet for anger and outburst. Not only this, it also makes you feel better and energized eventually because it helps release endorphins into the blood stream. Yes, that’s also a reason why you see fighters, especially boxers, perform better when challenged and in stress.
No wonder, the bond between mental stress and exercising as a whole is a complicated relationship itself. Because you might think you can do better at the gym when stressed whereas in reality, your weight loss game might actually be pretty much wrecked. This is how:
Stress Reduces Your Will Power
The focus here is primarily on the will power to do any sort of physical activity which decreases when you are stressed out. Pretty much easy is this to understand, because you very well know how you just don’t want to get out of bed on days when the skies are too grey for you. With a motivation level like that, even dragging yourself to the kitchen is going to be hard, the gym on the other hand is a total no.
The Soreness Is Hard To Get Rid Of
So it’s been yet another bad day and the pressure keeps building up on you, nevertheless you push yourself into working out and hitting the gym. What is most likely to happen? The soreness would take longer to go away and that is because you have been pushing your body against the grain. Your internal system wants to shut down and you’re struggling to keep it up, this would only result in you tiring yourself by the end of the day because your muscles won’t be able to repair themselves at the usual pace. There’s going to be a hell lot of burning, injury and most probably that would add up to the stress.
You Might Even Start Gaining
All that mehnat for the Katrina Kaif body, all these months, and one stressful moment makes you lose it all. Under a state of stress and depression, the human body tends to release the hormone called cortisol which increases your appetite and a lot of people would turn to emotional eating because of that. And that kind of eating does not involve salads and green tea, 90% of the times you tend to binge on complete junk. There goes all your gym effort down the drain.
What Can Be Done
First of all, you need to relax yourself and tell yourself its okay to have bad days and during that time period, not only does your mind but your body needs its peace as well. Forcing it into vigorous exercise is not always a good option and sometimes, staying in bed is okay too. Once you are done making yourself accept that, you can start off by replacing the gym hours with meditation, yoga, aerobics or even Zumba. These are exercises that are comparatively light and fun which can set your mood right and wouldn’t even require much of an effort from you.