Anxiety, Exercise, and LISS
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
I read an article this morning about LISS, low intensity steady state cardio, that really resonated with my current issues. My husband, the giant power lifter, loves HIIT style exercise programs but they've always made me feel uncomfortable. It's not that I couldn't do them with him but I always had more a sense of unease afterward when I did them. The article that I read this morning (purely for the sparkpoints
) mentioned that LISS style exercise, think walking and bike riding, was better at regulating cortisol and hormones than HIIT style exercise. My emotional state is SO much better when I have my "boring" exercise routines. An hour on my recumbent bike is almost therapeutic to my stress levels and there's a scientific link to it.
I thought I was weird because I didn't seem to get any benefits from HIIT training emotionally. I don't get the endorphin rush that my husband obviously does when he works out that way. It's so fascinating how differently we all work and how we need to find what options work best for ourselves!
Another thing that I've noticed is that when I am having high anxiety now, one of my first thoughts is "Can I get on the bike?" PROGRESS!!