Let’s be honest, life can be super stressful. Full-time work and looking after a family can take its toll on even the most chilled person on the planet, and that’s before you add in the extra stress from various other factors. After a long day, it’s not uncommon to want to put your feet up on the couch and unwind with snacks or a glass of wine.
Unfortunately, if we really want to unwind successfully sitting on the lounge will not cut it for our mind or our body. There’s a difference between relaxing and being lazy – relaxing is helping your body recover so you can be more productive, whereas laziness is a habit and unproductive. It’s also not good for your mental or physical health.
Keep reading to find out why working out helps you stress less.
Boosts your Endorphins
Exercise acts as a stress reliever. Being active boosts your endorphins and boost the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, aka endorphins. Commonly referred to as a “runner’s high,” any form of exercise from team sports to a gym workout will produce the same result. Another good option is an exercise class from one of the many health clubs around. A Less Mills fitness class such as Body Attack will get those endorphins pumping in no time!
It’s an Active Form of Meditation
Meditation doesn’t just come in the form of crossed legs and a yoga matt. After a high-intensity basketball game or several laps in the pool, you’ll often find some relief from those worries you were carrying around all day. As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through physical activity, you may find that by focusing on a task can result in increased energy and optimism and help you feel calmer in general.
It Improves Your Mood
Regular exercise can increase your self-confidence, help you relax, and it can even lower symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise can improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. Reducing stress, depression and anxiety goes a long way towards improving your overall mood, meaning you’re likely to be a better friend, partner and colleague in the process.
If you’re feeling stressed and require help with getting into exercise, joining a health club near you is a brilliant first step. Surge Fitness offers Les Mills workout classes which will boost those endorphins and improve how you feel both mentally and physically. An RPM class, Body Pump or Body Attack will really get the heart rate up! If the idea of joining a class is a little intimidating for you, give us a call and we will happily set up an appointment with one of our highly trained personal trainers.