Do you ever feel overwhelmed and stressed? If so, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, stress is a part of life for many of us. However, Activ8 can be a great place to reduce your stress. Did you know that there are exercises that can help you feel better in just 5 minutes? If you’re looking for a way to de-stress, check out these exercises!
Stretching: Not only does stretching help with physical health, but it also seems to give a boost to mental health. Stress can cause muscles to become tense, which in turn causes muscles to tighten, leading to discomfort and chronic pain. Stretching reduces the muscle tension, thereby reversing the cycle of tension, tightening, and pain. Stretching has been shown to increase serotonin levels — i.e., the hormone that helps stabilize our mood, reduce stress, and overall makes us feel good — which causes a decrease in depression and anxiety.
Cycling: Riding a bike helps to build new brain cells that are responsible for memory. Riding increases the production of proteins used for creating new brain cells by two or three times the normal! It also increases the activities that allow the different regions of our brain to communicate more effectively. Cycling has also been shown to counteract the natural decline of brain function and development as we age.
If you are feeling stressed, take a few minutes out of your day come and try some of the cool stretches in our stretching area. Or try it in our Coach by Color group fitness class. Not only will they help reduce stress levels, but they can also improve mental clarity and focus. Activ8 trainers are here to help you every step of the way, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need some extra motivation. Have you tried these exercises before? What was your experience? Let us know in the comment below.