As fitness pros, we know that a great workout can be just what a person needs to relieve stress. Unfortunately, the 2013 Stress in America™ survey showed that in the month leading up to the study, as many as 39% of Americans skipped exercise or physical activity when they were feeling stressed. The good news is that 53% of adults who do exercise say they feel good about themselves after exercising, 35% say it puts them in a good mood, and 32% say they feel less stressed.
The challenge for fitness professionals remains how to get more people to be active so they can realize the many benefits of exercising regularly. Survey findings show that many Americans use sedentary activities like watching television or going online to relieve stress, even though they do not rate these as highly effective for managing stress.
Learn more about the Stress in America survey’s findings at www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/highlights.aspx.