What type of workouts can truly help with stress and anxiety?
Less daylight, a return to rush hour traffic, increased workload, work-life balance challenges…no wonder heading back to work in September has us feeling stressed out! Close to 80% of workers in North America feel stress on the job, and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress.
Thanks to the release of endorphins, the natural opiates that make us feel good; exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Some of need to blow off some steam and would benefit from a high-energy workOUT, while others need to decompress and would be better with a workIN. Since the last thing we need is to become anxious about finding the time and energy to make it to the gym, here is a breakdown of the types or activities that will get us closer to bliss pronto!
- Getting hot and sweaty: High Intensity Interval Training (HITT) brings about the increased heart rate that releases endorphins, and in a short amount of time. In 30 minutes or less you can train your entire body and mind to become more resilient while improving our cardiorespiratory health. Just make sure you have time for quick shower as you’ll likely need it.
- Getting Zen and bendy: mindful movement is the staple of any Yoga, Tai Chi, or Pilates program. Most begin with a focus on breath; ensuring it is complete and supporting of the activity ahead. The movements (or poses) strengthen your body’s natural relaxation response, provides a moving meditation, and helps you find physical and mental balance. Challenge yourself to end your workout with an energy you can take with you back to work or home.
- Getting your colleagues to join in: workplace wellness is commonplace in many organizations; ask your HR department or social committee if something is in place. You may even have access to a discounted membership at a gym nearby. Working out with colleagues before work, at lunchtime, or before you head home helps creates accountability which can dramatically increase the likelihood of you sticking to your workout schedule. As an added benefit some casual team building through physical activity will impact your working relationships, support communication, and enhance your happiness at work.
- Getting your trainer on board: canfitpro certified fitness professionals are committed to help you achieve all of health and fitness goals, not just weight loss. Sharing your challenges with stress will help your trainer ensure they provide a holistic program that includes sleep hygiene, optimal breathing techniques, and workouts that leave you feeling heightened energy as well as stress relief.