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Can Stress Help Your Workout?

By Eddie O’Connor, Ph.D., CMPC

You don’t need this article to tell you the benefits of exercise on your stress levels (but I will reinforce them anyway). Physical activity increases endorphin production in the body. Those feel-good pain-relieving hormones. And it’s good for your brain. Physical activity increases blood flow, which increases our cognitive capacity and speed. So, we think better. Focusing on exercise means we are not focusing on our stress, so there is a fantastic mental break from stress too, plus the positive meditative effect of focusing on the exercise, in the moment, as we do it. Your self-confidence likely gets a boost with the earned results of a better, healthier body.

But while exercise helps stress, can stress help you exercise? Your experience is probably going to tell you “no.” Ever been too tired to go to the gym and skip it? Ever prioritize more work or responsibility over your workout? Or be so fatigued that you’d rather zone out in front of the TV or phone, maybe eat a snack to feel better instead? Of course, you have. In fact, it is more likely that stress actually hurts your workout. Besides the decreased motivation to go, there is the real fatigue you feel even if you attend, decreasing the quality of your workout—especially if you are not recovering well with adequate sleep. There isn’t one major organ or process in the body that isn’t enhanced by sleep, or impaired without enough of it. (Get at least 8 hours to help both regulate your stress and improve your workouts.) Stress can cause muscle tension, increasing risk of injury and slowing tissue repair—which leads to longer recovery times. Stress makes it harder to lose weight and can increase food cravings. Those extra pounds don’t help us move well.

But despite these facts, I can think there is one way that stress can help get you moving.

It’s this: Notice how bad feeling stressed out feels. Rather than repeatedly numbing out, or working harder and longer in futile attempts to escape it (do you ever really catch up on everything?), notice how you feel. It’s terrible. It’s unhealthy. It turns us into not-so-nice people, crabby and irritable with others. Our performance in everything declines. And our coping strategies of snacking, sleeping less, and sedentary “resting” just make it worse.

And then realize that you have a choice. There is something you can do. It won’t feel good at first. You will be tired and sore and you might sweat a lot. But if you don’t want to be stressed, working out (or any physical activity) WILL help you. This isn’t my opinion. Its science.

So, the question is, are you willing to choose some discomfort in service of decreasing your stress and getting healthier? Stress can motivate your workout if you realize that working out is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress, and then engage exercise with your whole heart and mind to beat it.

About Eddie O’Connor

Dr. Eddie O’Connor is a Clinical and Sport Psychologist at Mary Free Bed Sports Rehabilitation in Grand Rapids, MI. He is a Fellow and Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association forApplied Sport Psychology—the largest organization for sport psychology consultants and professionals.  

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Tori Kelly

GRAMMY nominated artist Tori Kelly will kick off a North American headline tour on October 18 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. The run is in support of her new project, Hiding Place, a powerful collection of R&B infused gospel songs that was produced by 12-time GRAMMY Award winner Kirk Franklin.

In addition to playing such venues as Warner Theatre in Washington DC (October 28) and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (November 8), Tori and her band will perform at several historic houses of worship, including New York City’s Riverside Church (October 30) and the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles (November 16 & 17). Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14. See below for itinerary or visit www.torikellymusic.com

Capitol Records will release Hiding Place on September 14. The passion project follows Tori’s 2015 album Unbreakable Smile, which Idolator recently hailed as “one of the better debut albums in recent memory.” It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and contained the Gold-certified singles “Nobody Love,” “Shouldߣve Been Us” and “Hollow”

Tori recorded Hiding Place primarily at Kirk Franklin’s studio just outside Dallas. Half of the songs were penned solely by Franklin, while the remaining tracks came from a collaboration between the two artists the first time that Franklin had ever co-written in a decades-long career that’s seen his songs performed by legends like Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston.

Fans who pre-order / pre-save Hiding Place in digital format will instantly receive the first single “Never Alone” (feat.Kirk Franklin,) and “Help Us To Love” featuring The Hamiltones, official background vocalists for GRAMMY winner Anthony Hamilton. Other guests include Jonathan McReynolds and Lecrae. The video of Tori performing “Never Alone” live with Kirk Franklin, which has more than two million views, can be seen HERE.

Tori Kelly Hiding Place Tour

10/18 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

10/19 Birmingham, AL @ Lyric Theatre

10/21 Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square

10/22 Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre

10/25 Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead

10/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Temple Performing Arts Center

10/28 Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre

10/30 New York, NY @ Riverside Church

11/1 Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre

11/2 Grand Rapids, MI @ Fountain Street Church

11/5 Chicago, IL @ Fourth Presbyterian Church

11/6 Chicago, IL @ Fourth Presbyterian Church

11/8 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

11/11 Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater

11/12 Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre

11/13 Houston, TX @ Wortham Center Cullen Theater

11/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church

11/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church

11/19 San Francisco, CA @ Herbst Theater

Watch “Never Alone” here.

Lord Huron’s Vide Noir is Out Now!

Vide Noir, the highly anticipated new album from Lord Huron is out now on Whispering Pines/Republic Records. Additionally the band’s music video for their lead single, “Wait by the River,” debuts today—watch/share it here: https://bit.ly/2J62veY. Vide Noir can be purchased here: https://LordHuron.lnk.to/VideNoirPR

The new music continues to receive widespread critical praise while the band is due to perform “Wait by the River” on “Late Night with Seth Meyerson May 2. You can also listen to singer/songwriter/producer Ben Schneider’s Guest DJ interview with Bob Boilen on NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” here: https://n.pr/2HD0E4A

Last week, the band launched a Vide Noir public access television show in select cities nationwide. As a true multi-media artist, Schneider has created an immersive program that expands upon the album’s narratives and themes while showcasing the hidden world that inhabits Vide Noir. Fans can tune in to their local listings or see below for a current airing schedule. Additional local airings will be announced soon.

In support of the release, the band begins their worldwide tour tonight in Grand Rapids, MI. Even as the band headlines their largest venues to date, many shows (including New York City, Chicago, Boston, Oakland and Seattle) have sold out months in advance. Every pair of tickets ordered for the U.S. headlining tour includes a copy of Vide Noir. Tickets for the dates are on sale now at http://lordhuron.com.

Vide Noir was written and recorded over the past two years at Lord Huron’s Los Angeles studio and informal clubhouse, Whispering Pines, and was mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips/MGMT). Schneider found inspiration wandering restlessly through his adopted home of L.A. at night: “My nighttime drives ranged all over the city—across the twinkling grid of the valley, into the creeping shadows of the foothills, through downtown’s neon canyons and way out to the darksome ocean. I started imagining Vide Noir as an epic odyssey through the city, across dimensions, and out into the cosmos. A journey along the spectrum of human experience. A search for meaning amidst the cold indifference of The Universe,” he says.

VIDE NOIR TRACKLIST

1 Lost in Time and Space

2 Never Ever

3 Ancient Names (Part I)

4 Ancient Names (Part II)

5 Wait by the River

6 Secret of Life

7 Back from the Edge

8 The Balancer’s Eye

9 When the Night is Over

10 Moonbeam

11 Vide Noir

12 Emerald Star

VIDE NOIR PUBLIC ACCESS TV AIRING SCHEUDLE

April 20— Nashville, TN— NECAT at Channel 19—1 a.m. Local Time

April 20— Burlington, VT—VCAM at Channel 15—5:30 p.m. Local Time

April 20— Madison, WI—WYOU at Channel 991—7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Local Time

April 20— Lansing, MI—LPMC at Channel 16—6:30 p.m. Local Time

April 21— Nashville, TN— NECAT at Channel 19—4:30 a.m. Local Time

April 21— Berkeley, CA—BCM at Channel 28—4:30 p.m. Local Time

April 22— Berkeley, CA—BCM at Channel 28—8:30 p.m. Local Time

April 22— Burlington, VT—VCAM at Channel 15—10:30 p.m. Local Time

April 22— Denver, CO—DOM at Channel 56—10 p.m. Local Time

April 23— Burlington, VT—VCAM at Channel 15—12:30 p.m. Local Time

April 25— Burlington, VT—VCAM at Channel 15—4:30 a.m. Local Time

April 27— Burlington, VT—VCAM at Channel 15—5:30 p.m. Local Time

April 29— Burlington, VT—VCAM at Channel 15—12:30 p.m. Local Time

LORD HURON TOUR DATES

April 20— Grand Rapids, MI—20 Monroe Live * 

April 21—Chicago, IL— Riviera Theatre  *

April 22—St. Paul, MN—The Palace Theatre  *

April 23— Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theatre  *

April 25—Kansas City, MO—Arvest Bank Theatre ^

April 26—Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue  ^

April 27— Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak Music Theater  ^

April 28—Cincinnati, OH—Homecoming Festival

April 30—Boston, MA— House of Blues  %

May 1—Philadelphia, PA—Electric Factory %

May 3—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre  %

May 4—Washington, DC—The Anthem %

May 4-6—Atlanta, GA—Shaky Knees Festival

May 31—San Diego, CA—House of Blues

June 1—San Diego, CA—House of Blues 

June 2—Los Angeles, CA—Greek Theatre

June 3—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater 

June 5—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom 

June 6—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom 

June 7—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre 

June 8—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre 

June 15-June 17—Dover, DE—Firefly Festival

July 25—Toronto, ON—Sony Centre

July 26—Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE

July 27—Cleveland, OH—House Of Blues   

July 30—Portland, ME—State Theatre

August 1—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Steel   

August 2—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Steel

August 4—Montreal, QC—Osheaga Festival

August 5—Boston, MA—House Of Blues  

September 21—St. Louis, MO—The Pageant

September 25—New Orleans, LA—Civic Theatre

September 27—Houston, TX—Revention Music Center

September 29—Austin, TX—Stubb’s Waller Creek

October 1—Tulsa, OK—Cain’s Ballroom

October 3—Omaha, NE—Sokol Auditorium

October 4—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre   

October 5—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre   

October 19—Copenhagen, DK—Vega

October 20—Aarhus, DK—Voxhall

October 21—Hamburg, DE—Gruenspan

October 22—Amsterdam, NL—Paradiso

October 23—Brussels, BE—Ancienne Belgique

October 25—Cambridge, UK—The Junction

October 26—London, UK—Roundhouse

October 27—Sheffield, UK—Plug

October 28—Gateshead, UK—Sage Gateshead

October 29—Liverpool, UK—Invisible Wind Factory

October 31—Paris, FR—Le Trianon

November 2—Munich, DE—Technikum

November 3—Koln, DE—Gloria

November 5—Berlin, DE—Columbia Theater

BOLD—sold out 

* with In Tall Buildings

^  with Liz Cooper & The Stampede

% with Midnight Sister