Top 10 Exercise Tips for Stress

By: Charlene Hutsebaut, Fitness Expert for  The De-Stress Diet: The Revolutionary Lifestyle Plan for a Calmer, Slimmer You

Is it a good idea to exercise when you’re feeling stressed?

You bet!


Moving has many “de-stressing” benefits.

Use these top ten tips to guide you:

1. Use short non-exhaustive sessions of varying intensities.

2. Do these shorter workouts more often in a week rather than only 2 or 3 longer bouts.

3. Weight train. It helps to increase muscle which in turn positively influences your metabolism.

4. Exercise at work. Walk at lunchtime or do a short office workout or yoga practice somewhere quiet.

5. Move outside. Studies show increases in mood and Vitamin D intake (great for weight management, bone health and cancer prevention)

6. Exercise with others. The benefits of social activities are:

  • Boost in mood
  • It’s fun and makes us laugh
  • We get a natural hit of the happy chemical dopamine because of the tribal nature of social settings
  • Stimulates healthy competition
  • Can bring more purpose to workouts for some people
  • Allows time with partners, family or friends which otherwise may not happen
  • Gives a designated time to meet someone to be active

7. Rest. The body needs time to rejuvenate and repair after workouts. This is just as important as the workouts themselves and you’ll come back stronger.  Continually struggling through hard workouts day after day will only increase your feelings of stress.

8. Take the stairs. A British Journal of Sports Medicine study found that going up and down stairs for 2 minutes, 5 times per day boosted their fitness over an 8 week period. This is another way to take time out from your work day to “De-Stress”.

9. Vary and alternate your workouts. Move like our hunter-gatherer ancestors and modern Olympic athletes.  One day have a short workout, the next slightly longer then take a rest day.

10. Try something brand new. It takes you out of your comfort zone. This will allow you time to be in the moment as you learn new movement patterns.  Imagine being able to forget about the stressors of your life even for a few minutes.



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Charlene Hutsebaut

Charlene Hutsebaut is a Canadian Personal Trainer and corporate wellness speaker working in London. Charlene wants to help you become the hero in your own healthy story! She was a Life Fitness - Top 10 Global Finalist in the Personal Trainers to Watch Competition 2015. Charlene was the only UK woman to make it and 1 of only 3 women in the top ten. She brings her passion for the outdoors to the core of her workouts. She aims to make wellness achievable for everyone, with or without a gym membership. Her love of fitness started early, at age 3, on her first pair of ice skates. Since then, she has completed degrees in Physical Education and Education as well as studying Athletic Therapy. She is a Stott Pilates instructor and has Functional Sports Nutrition Academy Levels 1 & 2. She has logged an impressive 15,000 PT hours in her 24 years of experience. Charlene’s training is a cutting edge fusion of pilates foundations, mind-body connection and traditional weight training. Charlene trains at the St. Pancras Hotel Spa, or outdoors, in Mother Nature’s gymnasium. When she isn’t training or making fitness videos, Charlene runs corporate workshops, and is the featured expert in Psychologies Life Labs and Monarch Airlines in-flight magazines.

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