Is it your 2017 goal to feel fitter and relax more? The two don’t usually go together, but in fact there are many physical activities which can improve your fitness and relieve stress at the same time. Because exercise releases endorphins, stress fighting hormones, any physical activity can in fact combat feelings of stress. However, we think that some fitness activities are more relaxing than others.
If you need to make more ‘me’ time to look after your body and your mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to improve your wellbeing.
The relaxing properties of yoga have long been known across the world, especially as the practice involves meditation and breathing exercises. The moving postures, in combination with the deep breathing, is a fantastic way to release endorphins and free your mind. There are many different types of yoga, including hot yoga which can be intense but rewarding – if you don’t enjoy your first session, try a different style with a new instructor.
Jumping up and down is a great way to kick stress in the backside! Trampolining at Rush isn’t difficult to master, so the ease of it makes it really fun and a simple way to unwind. Additionally, it gets your heart beating faster to release those precious endorphins. Jumping for just fifteen minutes can make a difference, so give it a go.
Release tensions from the body with a regular martial arts class. Whether it’s karate, judo or a form of mixed martial arts, the practice is great for keeping active and releasing pent up energy. With many martial arts classes you also have goals to work towards and levels to achieve, so it’s a great hobby which can keep you fit and stress-free for years to come.
Movement to music is a natural stress burner, and a fun way to keep your heart healthy and tone up. There are so many types of classes you can choose from, including partner dancing like salsa, or a gym based Zumba class.
Join a Team
Team sports not only keep you in shape, but they have the added social factor. Spending time playing sports and having fun with friends or making new friends is a great way to relieve stress. Not sure what sports you’ll be good at? Everybody has to start somewhere! You can usually find a local football team, tennis club or cricket club looking for new members. If you’re worried about your current fitness levels then try a less aerobic sport such as golf or table tennis until you feel ready to run around after a ball!
Get fit and feel happier at the same time – it’s a win-win situation!