Destress Your Day

After a long stressful day, it’s very tempting to go home straight to our sofas for a nap. But exercise is actually an excellent remedy for busting stress! Almost any form of exercise can increase your fitness levels while decreasing your stress simultaneously. Whether it’s a peaceful evening stroll, a trip to the gym or a group workout class, exercise is one of the best ways to help destress our mind and body. Stress isn’t just mental or emotional; it also affects our body and can physically hurt.

Walking - Whether it’s a long stroll or a quick 30-minute walk to clear your head, walking is proven to promote the release of brain chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins boost our sense of emotional wellbeing and help to reduce levels of stress and anxiety.

Yoga - Yoga helps to promote relaxation by focusing on 3 aspects of ourselves that are often affected by stress. These being - our mind, our body and our breathing. The physical postures we learn in yoga help promote flexibility and relieve tension and pain in our bodies. Practising yoga also teaches us to relax and regulate our breathing, which is helpful on days when we are experiencing stress and uncomfortable emotions. 

Pilates - Pilates is a form of mindful movement, which is really effective for stress relief. Practising mindful movements can help you feel more present, which enables you to manage stress better. Physically, Pilates helps to improve flexibility and strength.

Dancing/Zumba - Zumba is fused with Latin and world rhythms and is a mix of low and high-intensity dance moves and a super fun way to burn calories. It helps your mind relax by focusing on physical activity and allows your muscles to relieve tension by working out. Dancing can also help to relieve pain and stiffness in our body’s.

HIIT/Circuits - This is a cycle of hard work then recovery, which is repeated anywhere from 3 to 10 times, depending on the workout. This helps relieve stress as it allows you to work out at higher intensities but for a shorter amount of time, making it effective and efficient. It also promotes the release of our ‘feel good hormone’- endorphins. 

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