How does regular exercise help reduce effects of mental stress?
The positive effects of regular exercise are indisputable. Consistent physical activity has been shown to prevent and manage chronic diseases. Furthermore, regular exercise has shown it can reduce mortality up to 30% for both men and women.
In addition to a lower mortality rate and preventing and managing chronic diseases, several studies have shown that exercise improves self-esteem, and happiness. This supports the concept that exercise offers a protective benefit against mental disorders.
Regular exercise will also slow the rate of age-related memory and mental decline. The results of these studies were the groundwork for using exercise to combat cognitive disorders, like Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Stress, Anxiety, And Depression are not all the same
Although they are separate disorders, anxiety and depression are often linked together. It is common for individuals who suffer from depression to experience symptoms of an anxiety disorder. For instance, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, lacking attentiveness, and irritability are common symptoms.
It has been found in studies that nearly 50% of individuals diagnosed with depression had a previous history of anxiety. However, there is no evidence that one causes the other.
Anxiety disorders are the highest documented mental illnesses. Over 40 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. In other words, that’s close to 20% of the adult population!
As you can see below stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders are on the rise.
The good news is anxiety disorders are very treatable. Unfortunately, over 60% never take the first steps to receiving treatment for their anxiety.
As studies show exercise can be a critical weapon in the battle against stress-related psychiatric disorders. In short, adults who regularly exercise suffer fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Take the first step by alleviating stress
When I am trying to improve something about myself I’ve found the most success with a mentor or guide. In my article Self Improvement With Meditation, when I wanted to learn more about meditation, I reached out and connected with Richard Haight. Richard’s a spiritual teacher who focuses on embodiment meditation, and a master instructor of samurai arts.
In an article that asks the question, “how does regular exercise help reduce effects of mental stress” I reached out to Russ Yeager.
Russ is presently one of the top fitness coaches in the world. However, what he really does for his clients goes beyond that. He is committed to helping people look and feel amazing, and reach goals they never thought possible. Mental and emotional benefits of exercise, especially during times of increased stress is a primary focus for Russ with his clients.
After winning an international physical transformation contest at 27 years old, Russ was inspired to leave his career as a Certified Public Accountant and dedicate his life to helping others. Consequently, as Russ’s clients’ bodies transformed he noticed that their businesses, relationships, and level of happiness transformed as well.
Today Russ specializes in helping male business owners and executives grow their business, make more money, have better relationships with their wives and kids, and live happy fulfilled lives. His clients accomplish this by first taking control of their bodies, health, and energy.
After my initial contact with Russ I presented him my findings on exercise and the effects it has on stress. I had several back and forth conversations with him on the subject. Below are some excerpts from our conversations.
“The correlation between regular exercise and stress levels and overall mental and emotional wellbeing is amazing. As you stated the research is there to prove it, but what’s fun for me is to actually see these changes in myself and my clients in the real world. “
Exercise relative to body transformation versus exercise for emotional and mental benefits.
“The great thing about the emotional and mental benefits of exercise is they are not only long lasting but are immediate! You can’t do one workout and transform your body or your physical health. That takes 3-12 months depending on where you start, but you can transform your mood, energy level, stress levels, and happiness in just one workout!
If you are depressed and anxious, I can’t emphasize enough how beneficial and immediate the benefits of exercising can be. I have a client who owned a large phycological services company that dealt with many clients suffering from depression, and his number 1 “prescription” was to exercise!”
On a specific incident or client that best demonstrates this situation.
“One of my online coaching clients, Darren, went from clinical depression and attempting to take his own life 4 times, to now being one of the most motivational and inspirational people I know. It took work and time, but regular exercise and improving his physical body, mind, and spirit at the same time was a huge part of his transformation.”
What Exemplifies A Typical Client
“Most of the clients I work with now are successful male business owners and executives who are not necessarily depressed. They make good money, have a wonderful wife and kids, but are stressed out. Often too exhausted to play with their kids or give their wife the attention and love they really want to.
That’s no way to live! All the money and business success in the world can’t buy good health, relationships or happiness. However, what they quickly realize is that when they make their health a priority, not only does their level of energy and happiness at home improve, but they gain the edge in the marketplace and actually see a marked increase in their business and income.
When you start the day with an awesome weight training session and put some good quality nutrition in your body, you show up in the office as a different man and people notice. Your clients, team members, vendors, and everyone you come in contact with sense your level of energy, confidence, and what I like to call “magnetic attractiveness” and it becomes contagious.”
When I inquired to learn more from Russ about exercise programs for his clients
‘I’m a big believer in lifting weights. Not only for the physical benefits you can’t get from other types of exercise, such as stronger, bigger, more defined muscles, increased fat burning by boosting your metabolism, and stronger bones, but because it also brings out the “inner warrior” in you. I know after an intense weight training session, I feel “unstoppable” and many of my clients tell me the same thing.
I believe everyone, men and women, should include a minimum of 2 days per week of weight training or resistance training in their fitness program. However, while I love lifting weights, some people don’t. So the majority of your routine should be based around something you actually enjoy so that you are more likely to stick with it long term.”
So many people claim they don’t have time to work out.
Most of Russ’s clients are successful business owners and must have busy schedules. I asked him how he can be seeing so much success among his clients.
“So many people say they don’t have time to work out, but that simply is not true. Many of the most successful and extremely busy businessmen and women in the world not only make time to exercise, but credit it as one of the most important activities of their day. Far too many people use being “busy” as an excuse. I have done this in the past, but “busy” isn’t success, RESULTS are success. Working out on a regular basis, eating mostly healthy nutritious foods, and getting plenty of sleep and rest, directly impact the results you have in your business and life.”
Final thoughts from Russ
“While getting a coach and mentor is a great idea as Lee said, don’t let finding the “perfect” plan or coach stop you from taking action today. Just get your body moving!
You are literally only one workout away from a better mood!”
Here are a few ways to learn more about Russ and his methods of training.
Russ offers a 7 day FREE trial to find out if his program is right for you. You can learn more about his program by clicking the link here.
He also offers several other free resources on his website. www.russyeager.com
Male executives and business owners interested in learning more about Russ’s Body, Business, and Life Transformation coaching services can visit www.russyeager.com/10x
Russ is also a successful author of the book, Live Longer, Feel Better, and Look Great Naked! In this book Russ shares the secrets he’s learned from over 20 years of research, trials, and experiences. Learn Russ’s method on how you an get the energy, health, and body you desire.
You can also learn some of the secrets Russ personally used for creating a dramatic physique transformation. YES THAT’S ME! 27 Must Have Secrets for a Complete Physique Transformation. Further, Russ released this short Kindle format to cut to the chase and let you in on the steps he took to transform his body in just 12 weeks!
Both of these titles you can easily find on Amazon.
The key factors in how exercise will help reduce the effects of mental stress
- That exercise improves self-esteem, and happiness.
- Slows the rate of age-related memory and mental decline.
- Lowers stress-related psychiatric disorders.
- You can transform your mood, energy level, stress levels, and happiness in just one workout!
- Anxiety disorders are very treatable, unfortunately, over 60% never take the first steps to receiving treatment.
- Adults who regularly exercise suffer fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Don’t wait for the perfect coach or plan, take action today!
Exercise is often the first thing a doctor will prescribe for a variety of symptoms and conditions. The fight against stress and anxiety is no different. Certainly, exercise can be your front line of defense to prevent anxiety and help you live a more healthy and fruitful life.
Have you ever suffered from anxiety, increased stress, or depression?
Did you use exercise to help reduce the effects of mental stress?
Let us know your results and what other steps you took to battle mental stress.