Regular gym goers are typically working out for one of two reasons: either to improve their physical appearance or boost their fitness and health level. Another important thing that regular gym sessions can accomplish that shouldn’t be overlooked is decreasing stress levels. If you suffer from stress on a regular basis, this can lead to decreased energy levels, lower work performance and even chronic illnesses such as heart disease.
By incorporating some stress-killing exercises into your workouts on a regular basis, you can reduce the negative impacts it has on the body and progress faster since your recovery rate will be higher.
All of the following exercises, many of which are conducted at TBC Gym, will either cause an endorphin release in the body, which helps to eliminate stress, or put the mind in a more relaxed state, reducing the tension you feel.
Any form of boxing can be especially useful. Kickboxing classes are rapidly growing in popularity, and not only is this a great exercise to get in shape quickly, but it will only take minutes before the endorphin release kicks in. There are a variety of different styles including traditional kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Judo, and Karate, so try a few classes to learn what you prefer.
This type of exercise will also be good for boosting your flexibility and quickness, so if these are fitness components you want to work on, it will be a perfect fit.
High-Intensity Sprint Training
Sprint training is another way to get endorphins circulating throughout the body very quickly. As you couple very high-intensity paced running with a light-walk period, or indeed cycling at a similar alternating pace, you’ll increase the heart rate, blood flow, oxygen uptake, and decrease any stress you might be feeling. Many individuals also find the higher-paced nature of this type of cardio great for blowing off anger as well. So if anger’s what’s at the heart of your stress, this should be the form of exercise you choose.
For best results, your high-intensity sessions should be performed for 15 to 20 minutes with intervals lasting between 30 and 60 seconds. Try to schedule these either at another time in the day from your lifting sessions or on a day you aren’t lifting at all. Even better, throw a few other exercises inbetween the sprinting.
Speak to a Personal Trainer about incorporating some form of sprinting, running or jogging into your routine. Our Circuit classes may prove extremely beneficial, as will our Cycle/Spin classes. Similarly, Hardcore Powerfit classes may also suit you.
Yoga and Pilates are the traditional stress-killing exercise, but if this is a form of exercise you’re not all that interested in, the simple act of practicing deep breathing on a regular basis can prove to be beneficial.
This will work best if you find some place quiet to sit and concentrate on your lungs expanding upward and outward as they fill with air. By turning your focus inward you reduce the focus on whatever is stressing you, placing you in a much calmer state.
These stress-killing exercises will keep you calm and in good shape.
You should try to devote 10 minutes to deep breathing a few times a week to clear your mind. Also consider setting up some type of reminder at your desk to go off throughout the day so you take a few moments to take a few deep breaths and relax while you’re at work as well. Often, stress will build up without you even realising it and will cause tension-related headaches or back and neck pain.
Exercise You Enjoy
Finally, it should also be said that one of the best exercises for stress relief is the one that you enjoy the most. If you aren’t looking forward to your workout sessions each day you visit the gym, that’s going to cause even more stress in itself.
By selecting a workout program that you truly enjoy doing, you’ll feel natural stress-killing benefits and will also be more consistent.
So start making stress relief one of the priorities of your workout. When you couple this with good eating and aim to only take on responsibilities you truly can handle, your health and overall sense of wellness will improve dramatically.