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A stronger, more efficient cardio-vascular system and a leaner, muscular physique are but a few of the results of all your time in the gym. But did you also know that exercise can relieve much of the stress and pressures of daily life, help you think like a creative genius on your feet at work, and generally make you feel rejuvenated and invincible? Yes, exercise has a very real body-mind connection that has tangible results.

Studies have proven that performing regular cardio work can enhance the ability of neurotransmitters in the brain to work faster. This higher ability won’t replace a good education or being generally street-smart, but it can help you to think clearer, quicker and more creatively. These same results have been demonstrated in subjects who weight train just 2-3 times a week.

As a trainer, I find that clients who are anxious and stressed, over-worked, or generally depressed and tired, report feeling energized and upbeat after early morning exercise. As a result, they are more relaxed and confident all day on the job and seem to think more clearly and creatively in all situations. While a lot of people cannot realistically work out before work, those clients who do regular cardio and weight training throughout their busy week report basically the same increase in energy, confidence and creativity.

Do you come home from work and crash in exhaustion? Does your heart race when you’re stuck in traffic or before a big presentation or meeting? You have the power to change this misery. Start adding a walk, a run, swimming or some cycling to your daily routine and don’t forget to pump some iron while you are at it! You might think these activities would add to your overall fatigue, but you are wrong. Psychologists say that a key element behind failing under pressure is physical fatigue. Performing regular and challenging cardio energizes you and it charges up your brain and body for tough situations – like your ball-busting boss, or that non-productive colleague who works your last nerve. Throwing the weights around helps you to alleviate frustration and pent-up aggression as you build a stronger, healthier, more muscular body in the process!

If you have trouble sleeping, you’re not alone. Instead of groping for another Ambien or chugging a cocktail – go for the treadmill instead. Regular cardio exercise lowers your resting pulse rate, can lower blood pressure, revs up your metabolism, improves digestion, and biologically assists your brain in producing feel-good endorphins. These brain chemicals are your body’s naturally produced painkillers that help you to feel more relaxed and even elated in the face or stress and strain.  Regular exercise will help you to produce these substances as you function better during the day and rest easier at night. How excellent is that? Conclusion: there is no better remedy for stress and building monster energy than exercise.