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How to Relieve Holiday Stress with a Trip to the Gym

Dec 9, 2015

Are you feeling stressed this holiday season? If so, you’re not alone; the holidays can be tough with gifts, budget, time and holiday guests. How do you deal with the stress? Do you get a massage, go for a walk or maybe you hit the gym? There are many ways that exercising can help relieve the holiday tension.

Your Body Systems will Work Together

When you’re stressed your various body systems (cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, muscular, etc.), need to work together for you to respond well to stress. Exercising forces the systems to work efficiently together. When you’re working on all cylinders, you’ll feel less tense and be a more efficient, more effective version of yourself.

You’ll Feel Happier

When you exercise your body releases natural pain killers. These chemicals give you a natural feeling of happiness. Burning off your stress through a good workout will have you feeling happier.


If you hit the gym, you will most likely socialize with others, especially if you’re in a small group session or with a trainer. Working out around different people will help lighten your mood and make you happier. It will help you forget about what’s bothering for you.

You’ll Sleep Better

The holidays are a hectic time when it comes to schedules. Your calendar fills up fast with visitors, holiday parties and family obligations — and that’s on top of work. Busy schedules can lead to a lack of sleep which leads to more stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety lead to less sleep; it’s a vicious cycle. By hitting the gym for regular workouts, your body will break that cycle and help engage a positive cycle. This will help you sleep better and be less stressed.

The holidays are supposed to be the happiest time of the year. Don’t let stress overcome the season, if you need relief, get to the gym. A Fitness Together® personal trainer will help you with individual workouts that are designed to meet your goals. If you don’t have a personal trainer, you can find one at


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