With April being Stress Awareness Month, our partners at Virgin Active have written a great piece on how exercise can help with stress.
The blog can be read below:
How exercise can help with stress
Sometimes we all need to shut off for a bit and de-stress after a long day at work or home and exercise might not immediately come to mind as a way to relieve stress. The classic image of unwinding for some is often candles, incense and a bath but there are different types of workouts that can help reduce your stress levels too.
Keep reading to find out how different ways exercising can help you feel less stressed, improve your sleep and more. Why not try some of the breathing techniques outlined below?
Exercise boosts your mood
Studies have shown that any type of exercise, even for a short amount of time, can reduce the level of stress hormones: adrenaline and cortisol. Exercising produces endorphins, that “happy” feeling you get after a workout. So let the stress out and the happy hormones in! Why not try going for a run or walk to clear your head and get the endorphins pumping?
Exercise helps you sleep better
A lack of sleep can make us irritable and stressed especially during a busy day or week and no, coffee is not your best friend at this point! Around 76-83% of people in a survey by Sleep Foundation had better sleep after exercising . This in turn, will have you waking up feeling more refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Exercise is a good way to socialise
Exercising with a friend or meeting like-minded people at the gym has a positive impact on your physical and mental health. Together, you could find a new workout or class to try and add variety to your workouts. Having a buddy with you can also help with motivation. Join a Group Exercise class such as Yoga or Boxing or purchase a guest pass and bring a workout buddy along with you to your next gym session.
Exercise improves self-confidence
There are also some useful breathing exercises you can try anywhere and anytime to help you feel less stressed. Check them out below!
Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling your stomach press into your hands. Exhale through your nose or mouth and feel your stomach muscles tighten. Repeat this for about 5 minutes.
Alternate nostril breathing