The Effect of Stress on Exercise Habits

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on May 20, 2014

Mind-Body-Spirit News

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

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at