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Take the Stress Out of Your Workout With These Tips

By Genevieve Cunningham

When we think of working out, we think of a lot of different things. We think about the soreness that follows and the sweat during the routine. We might think about the weight loss that's coming or the muscles that are sure to pop out any day. But exercise often brings another common thought -- one we barely recognize, but that has a huge impact on our health. Stress. Working out can be stressful. And when the stress becomes too much, it can keep us from hitting the gym and making progress. So what can we do? If you need to limit the workout stress that you feel, take a look at these little tips that can get you moving in the right direction now.

Don't Watch Others

Sometimes other people serve as wonderful motivation, but this isn't always the case. Sometimes watching someone else who looks better or is more competent in their workout only discourages us. If this is you, just don't watch them. Work out in a space with few people. Work out alone. Do whatever you need to do to boost your own confidence before intertwining with other people. This can drastically lower the amount of stress that you feel and makes the entire experience more enjoyable as well.

Set Realistic Goals and Expectations

Sometimes we go into a workout with extremely lofty expectations. It doesn't matter who you are, you're not going to lose 50 pounds in a month in a healthy way. It's just not going to happen. Set expectations and goals that are challenging but realistic. You probably won't look like a pro at first, so don't expect it. You may need some adjustment time before you see results, so expect it. The more realistic you are, the less stress you feel, and the easier it is to go with the flow.

Have Some Fun

Working out should be fun. It shouldn't be something you dread, and if it is, you need to make changes. Forcing yourself to do a workout that fills our body with dread is too stressful. And this stress brings about the opposite results that you're looking for. If you don't like your exercise routine, do something else. If you hate running, walk. If you hate classes, go solo. There are too many options and too much diversity in the fitness world to force yourself to have a bad time. 

If you want your fitness goals to be successful, you have to take stress out of the equation. Use these tips to limit the stress and improve your chances of reaching your goals. With the right attitude, you can learn to love your workout and get in the best shape and health of your life.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Nashville, Tenn.

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