Let’s just flat out say it, life can be stressful. Juggling things like work, school, friends, family, social media and so much more. It can be a lot. That is why it is extra important that you take time to relax and decompress. Life is all about balance, and at TrainMore we want to help with that. The good news is that there are many great exercises to reduce stress that you can do at the gym. We have listed 5 of our favorites, to help you get started! You ready?
Especially when you’re busy, your gym routine can be the first thing you skip to win time, but don’t! Exercising is one of the best ways to reduce stress, because it boosts the production of endorphins in the brain. This is the hormone that fights stress and makes you feel happy. That’s why after exercising, you always feel much better and more relaxed.
Research has shown that 30-minutes of light exercising, like walking or biking, has a significant positive impact on the mental health. So, if going to the gym ever feels too much, just go outside for a 30-minute walk. You’ll feel like a brand-new person afterwards.
Time to get strong, make noise, and get all the stress out with overhead medicine ball slams. This is a great exercise to let out any frustration, and stuck energy. It also connects you to your strength, builds muscles and burns calories.
Deadlifts require focus. And when your mind is focused on performing the deadlift correctly, it automatically takes away other stressors. That is exactly what the mind needs to let go and relax. It is no coincidence that deadlifts are a favorite of any strength-training routine.
Just like with the deadlift, the barbell power clean requires focus. It is also a great self-confidence booster which will amp up the endorphin levels in your brain a lot. If you would only do this exercise (after a good warm up of course), you will already feel so much more relaxed.
The Russian twist is an instant stress releaser. The twists help the small postural muscles of the spine to stretch and contract. This relieves tension in the spine and improves circulation in the muscles and bloodstream. It is just like squeezing all the tension out of your spine.
This exercise is less focused on doing, but more on ‘being’. In a child’s pose, you have your forehead and knees on the floor, and you bow down. The only thing you have to do is be in this position, and just breathe and relax. This pose helps to release tension from the spine, and calms down your body and mind. It’s also perfect as a cooling down exercise.
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