5 Reasons why exercise can reduce stress.

Today is National Stress Awareness Day and a perfect opportunity to look into how exercise can help relieve stress. The increase of stress and mental health problems have never been more important than now with the added challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Almost 1 in 5 adults (19.2%) were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in June 2020; this had almost doubled from around 1 in 10 (9.7%) before the pandemic (July 2019 to March 2020).

Statistics from the Office of National Statistics:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/articles/coronavirusanddepressioninadultsgreatbritain/june2020


Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to positive or negative situations in your life, such as a new job, the death of a loved one - or lockdown as we are experiencing now, where you are unable to see family and friends. Stress itself isn't abnormal or bad. What's important is how you deal with stress. If you're having trouble coping, chronic stress can wear you down and overwhelm you and in some cases lead to a depression.


5 Reasons why exercise can help reduce stress.


There are a lot of ways exercise can be an effective stress relief and help improve your general wellbeing. Establishing an exercise routine is a good idea as it helps you stick with it and you will feel the benefits sooner than when you just exercise as and you feel in the mood for it.


Physical activity can help lower your overall stress levels and improve your quality of life, both mentally and physically.


1. Production of endorphins.


Exercise increases your brain’s production of endorphins. Endorphins are the “feel-good” neurotransmitters that are responsible for the coveted “runner’s high.” This is the sense of wellbeing and euphoria that many people experience after exercise.


2. Positive effect on your mood.


A regular exercise routine can have a positive effect on your mood by relieving the tension, anxiety, anger and mild depression that often go hand-in-hand with stress.


3. Sleep better.


It can improve the quality of your sleep, which can be negatively impacted by stress, depression, and anxiety.


4. A form of meditation and revival of energy.


The repetitive motions involved in exercise promote a focus on your body, rather than your mind and can help take your mind off your worries. By concentrating on the rhythm of your movements, you experience many of the same benefits of meditation while working out. Focusing on a single physical task can produce a sense of energy and optimism. This focus can help provide calmness and clarity.


5. More energy - more confidence.


When you are feeling more energetic and less tired in general a greater sense of positivity often follows which can also help boost your confidence levels.



Other additional benefits from doing regular exercise.


  • strengthens your muscles and bones

  • strengthens your immunity, which can decrease your risk of illness and infection

  • lowers your blood pressure, sometimes as much as some antihypertensive medications

  • boosts levels of good cholesterol in your blood

  • improves your blood circulation

  • improves your ability to control weight

  • improves flexibility and mobility

  • eases neck and back pain from sitting at a desk all day


Can we help?


At Space Fitness & Wellbeing we offer live, online fitness classes and also private sessions (once restrictions are eased these can be in person rather than online).

If you're new to exercise or looking to start again we can help you put an exercise routine together.


Feel free to call Sarah Clough on 07971 988 401 or email info@spacefitnessandwellbeing.co.uk


You can see our timetable for our interactive and live, online classes here:


https://www.spacefitnessandwellbeing.co.uk/book-online


All classes take place via Zoom which is free to download and very easy to use.


Get in touch, we would love to help you.


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  • there is sufficient space to perform the exercises safely and move freely without obstacles or obstructions, free from furniture, equipment and other hazards – a minimum of four square metres per person.

  • any equipment is safe and in a suitable condition for the activity being performed.

  • the surrounding floor space is entirely clear to remove any hazards that may increase the risk of slips, trips or falls.

  • there are no distractions throughout the duration of the session.

  • there is sufficient heating, lighting, ventilation and hydration.

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