When you’re feeling frustrated, drained, or anxious, there’s nothing better than a sweat session to squash all those crappy feelings. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a better anxiety buster than exercise. But can stress bust your workout? “Job worries, family problems, school stress—these all get in the way of your physical progress and your ability to recover,” says Alexander Koch, Ph.D., CSCS, Associate Professor of Health and Exercise Science at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Here’s what happens when you’re on edge.
How to overcome all the mental and physical hurdles preventing you from building muscle and losing fat.