Stop Stress for Good: Exercise to Fight Stress

The Best Stress Solution

Most mornings the alarm clock has barely gone off and Heather Allen, a 33-year-old vice president of a communications firm in Dallas, is already obsessing over the day’s to-do list. Combining the demands of an all-consuming job with the challenges of being newly married and the things that come with that — a house, juggling budgets, and more — can seem overwhelming. “When I wake up, my brain is on fire,” Heather says. “I’m thinking of a million conversations I need to have at work or in my personal life, maybe even one that I need to have again.” Rather than take that pressure-cooker feeling to work, she lets it fuel her morning workout. “Exercise helps me regain my equilibrium,” she says. “After a cardio class or hard workout, I don’t even remember what I was stressing about.”

A lot of us could use that relief. According to the American Psychological Association, a whopping 75 percent of people in the United States feel stressed out. Almost half of us eat unhealthy because of it; 47 percent of us can’t sleep because of it; it makes one in three of us depressed; and for 42 percent of us, it has gotten worse in the last year. There is so much making us anxious these days — from big-picture problems like uncontrollable oil spills and a still-soft economy to garden-variety job, relationship, money, you-name-it woes — that it’s easy to think of chronic stress as the new normal.

Unfortunately stress doesn’t just mess with your head; it actually messes with your waistline. When you’re faced with a nerve-racking situation, your body increases production of the hormone cortisol, part of what experts call the fight-or-flight response. If the stress-inducing situation disappears, your body returns to normal. If it remains? Well, that’s the problem. The kind of stress most of us face is the ongoing sort — credit card bills, relationship tension, office layoffs — which keeps cortisol levels elevated for days. And that increased cortisol, in turn, appears to encourage the body to store additional abdominal fat.

An expanding belly is just one side effect of a stressed-out life. “Stress is associated with just about every chronic disease we know,” says Jill Goldstein, PhD, director of research at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Heart disease, diabetes, depression, and some cancers are the most notable examples. Recent research from the Yale School of Medicine indicates that stress may also be responsible for encouraging addictive behaviors and other unhealthy habits by disrupting the part of your brain responsible for self-control and decision making.

Conventional wisdom suggests that you are just a deep breath, a relaxing bath, or a soothing movie away from discovering the secret to a stress-free life. But because the stress response is largely physical (your brain stimulates the release of certain powerful hormones that subsequently increase your blood pressure and heart rate), it’s not always possible to think yourself calm, says Monika Fleshner, PhD, a professor in the department of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Rather, the latest research reveals that revving up your body with exercise may be the most effective antidote. In lab studies, when scientists at Princeton put animals on a six-week aerobic conditioning program, then compared their brain cells with those of a group that remained sedentary, they found that the “brains on exercise” morphed over time into a biochemically calm state that remained steady even when the subjects were under stress. The nonexercising group’s brain cells continued to react strongly to anxiety-inducing situations. This breakthrough discovery has scientists now saying that cardio workouts may actually remodel the brain to make it more resistant to stress hormones.

The Power of Exercise

The power of exercise to protect against stress is encouraging news for women, who are more likely than men to experience certain harmful health side effects from feeling chronically maxed out, including a higher risk of depression and autoimmune diseases. Moreover, scientists at the Connors Center have discovered that anxiety-inducing situations can actually lead to different hormonal changes in women’s brains than in men’s.

Yet while they’re more susceptible to stress on the one hand, women also appear to have a unique, built-in ability to alter their stress response. When scientists monitored the brain activity of a group of healthy men and women looking at disturbing images, women at the beginning of their menstrual cycle showed an emotional reaction similar to men’s, but a lower stress response during ovulation. “Women are endowed with a natural hormonal capacity to regulate the stress response,” says Goldstein, lead author of the study.

Tapping into that natural capacity, more and more research suggests, begins with regular exercise. When Pamela Epstein, a 25-year-old account manager at a public relations firm in New York City and self-described “perfectionist,” ended a six-year relationship last fall while simultaneously starting a new job, she felt her stress levels soar sky-high and stay there. Suddenly living on her own for the first time, Pamela worried about making ends meet, carving out a new social life, and keeping up at work. She began seeing a therapist, who prescribed antianxiety meds but also insisted that Pamela start following a regular exercise regimen that would include at least an hour of cardio three times a week. “He said the medication might make me feel better but that, in the long run, keeping my body in the best physical shape possible would help protect me from stress in my life,” Pamela says. “And he’s right; after my workout, I always feel so much more relaxed.”

In a study from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, doctors put patients who had been diagnosed as clinically depressed on an exercise regimen. After four months of consistently working out three times a week, researchers found a significant improvement in 45 percent of people who had been previously diagnosed with major depression.

“Exercise is like free medicine,” says Robert Leahy, PhD, director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy and author of Beat the Blues Before They Beat You. “Medication may work more rapidly to lessen the symptoms of depression or stressed feelings, but the effects of regular exercise are longer lasting.”

Rewire Your Brain

Part of the long-term relief is due to the unique way exercise helps build up a resistance to stress. “Through regular cardio, you actually change your brain, so it takes more and more stress to trigger the fight-or-flight response,” says John Ratey, MD, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.

It works like this: Cardiovascular activity helps the heart pump more blood to the brain. More blood means more oxygen; more oxygen leads to better-nourished brain cells. Recently scientists discovered that a vigorous workout causes brain cells to become more active and boosts the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). “I call it Miracle-Gro for the brain,” Dr. Ratey says. The protein’s role, among other things, is to fortify brain cells to prevent them from breaking down when exposed to stress.

As we age, brain cells die off. Scientists used to think that the loss was permanent, that the brain couldn’t make new cells to replace the dead ones. But a recent study from Denmark showed that exercise led to an increase in BDNF production.

With higher BDNF levels, we can preserve the brain cells we have and help make new ones.”These new neurons will stick around for years,” Dr. Ratey says. The catch? “If your body is sedentary, they shrink again. To maintain the effects, you have to keep working out.” Of all types of activity, cardio workouts appear to give the biggest boost to BDNF production, according to recent studies. Other research shows that yoga and even strength training can be beneficial in producing chemicals that protect your brain from stress.

“Exercise helps produce resilience, not because it eliminates the stress response, which would be bad because you want your body to recognize and respond to dangerous situations, but because it acts as a buffer to it,” the University of Colorado’s Fleshner says. “Say your boss asks, ‘Why haven’t you met your deadline?’ If you’ve been exercising regularly, you’re less likely to respond with a full-blown physiological stress response — elevated heart rate, high blood pressure — as would someone who is sedentary.” If you do get anxious, Fleshner says, your body’s reaction is less exaggerated and the effects don’t linger long enough to harm your health.

Perhaps the biggest perk for those who stick with a fitness program is that consistency is rewarded. In Fleshner’s study, animals who were put on a regular exercise program for six weeks all showed a drop in anxiety levels because of changes in the stress response, including changes in the serotonin system. She believes the results would be similar for people. “More than anything, what we’ve realized is that the biochemical changes that occur to make us resilient to stress are cumulative,” she says. “The more consistent you are with your workouts, the more you are rewarded with stress-fighting power.” And that’s reason enough to start lacing up now.

Editors’ Favorite Stress Busters

“I like to run long. Just go and go until all I can think about is right foot, left foot, right foot. I find the steady rhythm soothing.”
— Julia Savacool, articles director

“I found a total-body conditioning class that I love. The instructor plays great ’80s music and is super high energy. I always feel more relaxed afterward.”
— Bethany Gumper, senior editor

“I take a walk with my dog. He’s always excited to see me, and strolling through the park gives me a chance to decompress.”
— Sara Wells, nutrition editor

Dodge This Stress Trap

Ever notice how your guy friends seem immune to situations that stress you out? Could be that you’re overthinking things. “Women tend to ruminate,” says Carolyn M. Mazure, PhD, professor of psychiatry and psychology at the Yale School of Medicine. “Our sense of blame tends to be more internal than external, while men typically attribute shortcomings to external factors.” In other words, after a tough race, men might blame the crowded course or hot weather; women are more apt to chalk it up to their poor running skills. That constant self-criticism may be part of what makes women three times more likely to become depressed in response to a stressful event, according to a study in Psychological Medicine. Next time you catch yourself dissing your performance, stop and think about external variables that could be playing a role. It’s not about dodging responsibility, but about being open to the fact that you don’t live in a vacuum.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2010.

Exercise & Fitness

Exercising regularly, every day if possible, is the single most important thing you can do for your health. In the short term, exercise helps to control appetite, boost mood, and improve sleep. In the long term, it reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, depression, and many cancers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following:

For adults of all ages

  • At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise like brisk walking or 75 minutes of rigorous exercise like running (or an equivalent mix of both) every week. It’s fine to break up exercise into smaller sessions as long as each one lasts at least 10 minutes.
  • Strength-training that works all major muscle groups—legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms—at least two days a week. Strength training may involve lifting weights, using resistance bands, or exercises like push-ups and sit-ups, in which your body weight furnishes the resistance.

For pregnant women

The guidelines for aerobic exercise are considered safe for most pregnant women. The CDC makes no recommendation for strength training. It’s a good idea to review your exercise plan with your doctor.

For children

At least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, most of which should be devoted to aerobic exercise. Children should do vigorous exercise and strength training, such as push-ups or gymnastics, on at least three days every week.

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#1. Health and Fitness Magazine

Top of our list, this popular monthly magazine is brimming with workouts, reviews of healthy products and tips to stay fit and healthy. You can subscribe now and get 3 issues for just £3 with free delivery – so there are no excuses!

#2. Men’s Fitness

As the title suggests, this magazine is aimed at men, with topical articles such as “Beach body in 28 days” and “8 Secret superfoods.” It’s fun, informative and is sure to leave you feeling inspired. Subscribe today for £39.99 for a year through WH Smith and you’ll pay just £3.34 per issue!

#3. Your Fitness

For women passionate about fitness, Your Fitness magazine (it used to be called Bodyfit) is the perfect choice. With plenty of tips and workouts for those new to exercise as well as professional athletes, a monthly dose of this magazine will keep you inspired and motivated, boosting your performance, confidence and fitness. A 12-month subscription is £43.50 through WH Smith.

#4. Men’s Health

Fancy boosting your fitness levels, being healthier and finding out more about the world around you? Men’s Health is one of the most popular health and fitness magazines for men, and with articles such as “6 Reasons to drink more green tea” and “The best kitchen kit for men,” there’s something here to inspire men of all ages. Pick up a 12-month subscription today for £60.45

#5. Shape USA

With a focus on how to achieve a hot bod, flawless skin and a glow that comes from within, Shape USA is a popular magazine for young women. In-depth articles on diet, nutrition and exercise plus lifestyle ideas and beauty tips ensure you’ll never be bored. Subscribe for £61 for 12 issues.

#6. Women’s Health

From interviews with celebs (Britney Spears features in the March issue) to workouts, health tips and beauty product reviews, Women’s Health is the perfect companion for women looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Each month there are recipes to help you look and feel fabulous and advice on healthy snacking, so there are no excuses for picking up that chocolate bar! Get 5 issues for £10 or order the digital and print versions for just £12 for 5 issues.

#7. Top Sante

Focusing on health, beauty, wellbeing and smart eating, Top Sante is a popular magazine for women of all ages. This month’s issue includes articles on the best foods to keep you fit in your 30s, 40s and beyond, and steps to supercharge your sleep. Subscribe to the print edition and get 3 issues for £3 (£30 annually thereafter).

#8. Bestfit

Looking for a free digital health and fitness magazine, with no subscription required? Bestfit is the UK’s biggest free, interactive health and fitness magazine and you can download the app and start enjoying content today. With product reviews, tips on nutrition and diet, workouts and interesting health, fitness and lifestyle features, this is a low-commitment way to enjoy a health and fitness magazine.

#9. Healthy

As its name suggests, Healthy magazine is all about being healthy – it’s the UK’s best-selling health and wellbeing magazine! Pick up 8 issues for just £15.90 and you can enjoy the latest features such as “Health Hacks – 5 Easy Ways to Drink More Water” and “National Breakfast Week Recipes – Coconut Bircher Muesli” as well as food, fitness, beauty and wellbeing articles and discussions.

#10. Women’s Fitness

This best-selling magazine is the perfect inspiration to get you up off the couch and into a fitness regime for the new year – whatever your exercise of choice! Just £3 for your first 3 issues, you’ll enjoy workouts and diet advice to fit in with your lifestyle and help you lose weight and stay in shape – after that it’s just £14.99 for 6 issues on a recurring subscription!

#11. Muscle & Fitness

Fancy learning Arnie’s workout secrets (Im sure we all do)? Then you need Muscle & Fitness Magazine, which includes regular diet plans and strength and fitness training for any body type (men and women) as well as regular features on fitness training, nutrition and diet plans with an emphasis on building muscle and bodybuilding. Maximise your potential with a 12-month sub for just £34.99.

#12. Flex

Billed as ‘the voice of the champions’, Flex is a monthly bodybuilding magazine which interviews the pros to get the inside scoop. Learn how they develop, how to train, how to live and what to eat to reach your goals and develop your physique. A 12-month subscription is £34.99.

#13. Natural Health

For advice from the UK’s top holistic experts and writers, Natural Health magazine is ideal for anyone looking for an alternative approach to health and fitness. Packed with articles for body and soul, nutritional advice and features about finding love, this informative magazine is also a great choice if you’re into yoga! Pick up your subscription today for just £38.40 for 12 issues and yo’ll receive free Madara skincare products!

#14. Yourwellness

Edited by Dr Sarah Brewer, Yourwellness magazine approaches wellbeing as a whole – focusing on health, happiness, fitness, relationships, family, work and finances for a holistic look at health. Why not take a well-earned break with a post-workout snack after your run and curl up with a copy? Subscribe now and you’ll get 12 issues for just £30 or 24 issues for £55.

#15. Weight Watchers

We’ve all heard of Weight Watchers, and whether you’re a regular meeting attendee, a fan of their products or new to the whole idea, the magazine is a great purchase if you’re looking to change the way you eat and lose weight. With a 5-day food planner and easy to follow menu complete with recipes, it’s easy to eat healthily with a copy of this magazine (and of course some help from Expertrain). It’s a bargainous £25 for 12 issues, making it a budget-friendly choice too!

#16. Slimming World

The UK’s fastest-growing slimming magazine is now just £17.25 for a 12 month subscription, and it’s packed with inspirational stories about weight-loss success, as well as a 7-day eating plan and over 40 pages of healthy recipes to inspire you. There’s also nutritional and health info as well as fitness tips, beauty and fashion advice to boost your confidence and help you love your body, whatever your weight.

#17. Running Fitness

Whether you’re training to run a marathon or new to running, Running Fitness magazine is one of the UK’s most popular running publications. With features on how to improve your motivation and mental strength and expert advice on how to prevent injury, everything you need to run harder, faster and for longer is inside this glossy magazine. What’s more, if you subscribe now, you’ll get 6 issues for £15 (or 12 for £34.98) and a free marathon day race pack with energy gels and protein recovery shakes to boost your performance!

#18. Women’s Running

Written by women for women, Women’s Running magazine will show you how to improve your runs and the best races to take part in, whether you’re a beginner runner or a seasoned early-morning runner. For race strategies, training plans and diet tips for your 10K or marathon, look no further, with nutrition advice and real-life stories to motivate you. Boost your fitness, improve your stamina and lose weight with this awesome magazine! It’s just £29.97 for a 12 month subscription.

#19. Yoga Magazine

The number-one selling yoga magazine in the UK and USA, Yoga Magazine is packed with the latest yoga news and feature, reviews of the latest products and celebrity interviews, with a panel of writers including high-profile A-list teachers. Subscribe for a year for £40 and prepare to enjoy a chilled out 2015 – all together now, “Om…..”

#20. Pilates Style

Into pilates and looking for some inspirational reading? Pilates Style magazine means you no longer have to filter through conflicting information about pilates online – with articles and features written by pilates instructors and experts from across the globe, you’ll learn more about the practice of pilates, the best positions to try and interesting features and reviews. You’ll find out ho to use pilates to feel good about your body and enhance your practice – and three issues can be yours for just £18.66!

#21. Climber

A niche magazine aimed at rock climbing and bouldering enthusiasts, Climber magazine is packed with expertly written destination articles for the UK and abroad, inspirational climbing stories, training and climbing tips and more! Rock climbing is a great adrenaline sport that can keep you fit and active – you’ll also soak up plenty of vitamin D. Get three free issues with a 12 month subscription for just £40.50.

#22. Men’s Running

The UK’s first running magazine solely for men, Men’s Running is a magazine like no other! Whether you’re training for a race, looking to lose weight or getting fit by running, you’ll find a host of features, tips and tricks to help you. With reviews of the latest gadgets and gear plus inspirational running stories, pick up a 12 month sub for just £29.97 today.


This US women’s fitness magazine is now available in the UK for just £31.09 for 6 issues! Written by women’s fitness experts, Oxygen magazine gives you the inside scoop on nutrition, diet and superfoods, and regular workouts with toning and fat loss advice. Essential if you’re looking to get toned and honed this year!


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Find yourself in the habit of lifting more drinks in the pub than dumbbells down the gym? With a Men’s Fitness magazine subscription, you’ll find exercises and eating plans to get you back on track and fighting fit in no time. There’s guides for every fitness level – quick starters for couch potatoes, strength training for runners to assist with their stamina and endurance tips for working different muscle groups for those looking to bulk up, too. Including personal trainer guides to gaining muscle, torching fat, training, eating clean and recovering from injury, it’s the essential subscription for any fitness fan.

Outside of your fitness goals, you’ll find loads of great stuff to read about too – past interviews and cover stars include muscly megastars David Gandy, Joe Wicks, Liam Hemsworth and Jack Wilshere. There’s also a diverse range of features on work-life balance, mental health, career guides and relationship/dating advice too. With every issue of your Men’s Fitness magazine subscription, you’ll discover the Men’s Fitness handpicked watches, clothes and shoes as well as awesome newly-launched gear and gadgets too.

Grab a Men’s Fitness magazine subscription today and never miss out on your monthly fix of men’s fitness motivation again! Here’s a taste of what you’ll find landing through your letterbox every month:

  • News and updates on trending topics – whether that’s getting your summer body, new fitness fads everyone’s talking about or building on an area of diet, training or recovery
  • Sports and fitness gear you need right now (as well as what to wear outside the gym)
  • Women, relationship and dating advice
  • Interviews with cover stars who love to train hard and get lean
  • Career, wellbeing and lifestyle features for the contemporary gent
  • Workouts, diet advice and personal trainer tips for getting the most out of your workouts
  • Free delivery all year round!

Barcode: 9771465643125
Issue per year: 12
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Publisher: Kelsey Publishing

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