Feeling stressed? While it’s totally normal to feel stressed from time to time, too much of it can be harmful to your health. Luckily, being active is an effective way to combat stress and find your inner ‘zen’.
Exercising regularly improves your body’s oxygen and blood flow, which has a direct effect on your brain. Exercise also boosts ‘feel-good’ endorphins, is a mood booster and takes your mind off your daily stresses – to name but a few benefits.
How to Be Active When You Feel Stressed
The good news is that you don’t have to go to the gym 24/7 to reap the benefits of exercise. It’s all about finding a way to move your body that feels good – no matter where you are. And be sure to pick a physical activity you actually enjoy, not dread. In no time, you may even start looking forward to exercising! Here’s some inspiration to get you started.
1. Go for a Nature Walk
According to Harvard Medical School, nature walks offer impressive therapeutic benefits. When you’re feeling stressed, your prefrontal cortex may be activated. Thankfully, walks in nature give our prefrontal cortex a well-deserved rest. Listening to calming nature sounds or silence can also reduce your levels of cortisol (i.e. the stress hormone).
Whether it’s a trip outside of the city or a walk in your local park (while maintaining safe social distancing), regular walks in the outdoors can do wonders for combating your stress. This one’s also great if you’ve got a four-legged friend!
2. Sweat it Out in Your Living Room
Channelling stress into a gym session is a tried and tested method. When your body engages in physical activity, such as going for a run or doing a HIIT workout, it releases chemicals known as endorphins. Endorphins interact with brain receptors to reduce the sensation of pain and give you a euphoric feeling. Can’t get to the gym? Transform your living room or any space you’ve got at home into your makeshift gym.
While it’s no Virgin Active gym, you can still make the most of whatever you’ve got to keep your body moving. If you’ve got a yoga mat, chair, steps or any light weights, you can get creative and work up a sweat at home.
To back it with a killer playlist, stream our At Home Workout playlists on Spotify. Or get your groove on and have a dance party at home with our ‘Dance Like No One’s Watching’ playlist.
3. Join an Online Fitness Regime
Why not add some variety into your home workout with an online fitness regime? Through various videos, you can follow classes at home in your own time and keep your body moving to combat stress. Virgin Active offers online workouts in a variety of classes sure to keep you happy and healthy: yoga, Pilates, boxing, Barre and Grid Training HIIT.
Interested to learn more about different ways to stay active? We can help connect you with a personal trainer to discuss your training and fitness goals, online or in person. Talk to us today!