Many people exercise at the end of the work day to relieve the stress of work. And it works. Matter of fact, exercise is so good at soothing stress that it can calm anxiety you haven’t even encountered yet.
Research at Dartmouth shows that working out can make you better prepared to shrug off the emotional slings and arrows coming your way. Says researcher J. Carson Smith: “We found that exercise helps to buffer the effects of emotional exposure. If you exercise, you’ll not only reduce your anxiety, but you’ll be better able to maintain that reduced anxiety when confronted with emotional events.”
Smith’s findings suggest that exercise may play an important role in helping people to better endure life’s daily anxieties and stressors.