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How Can Regular Exercise Help You Relieve Stress?

The speed of life today can unfortunately lead to high levels of stress. Every day, we have to juggle the demands of our jobs, our family lives and our responsibilities. While certain levels of stress are ok, ongoing stress can have an impact on our physical and mental health. No one wants to live a stressful life which is why everyone is always looking for solutions to help manage or deal with mounting stress levels. Did you know that exercise is a great way to help relieve stress? Here’s how exercise and stress are related and some ideas for stress relief exercises.

how are physical and mental health linked?

Several studies show that the health of your physical body is related to your mental health due to a number of reasons.

While the connections for everyone can vary, mental stress can bring on physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, reduced immunity and rapid breathing. But equally so, an unhealthy body can lead to confidence concerns and poor body image. This is why it’s so important to look after both sides of your health.

You’ll be glad to hear that it also works the other way around too.

Taking care of your physical health through exercising can boost your energy, relieve fatigue and heighten your mood – all of which are beneficial in reducing your stress and improving your mental health.

which exercise are best for stress reduction?

The good news is almost any physical activity or exercise can aid in stress reduction. Even a short walk or stretching can help clear your mind and allow you to feel more relaxed.

Regular aerobic exercises, too, can stimulate your endorphins to feel great while being active. For example, cardio workouts like swimming, dancing or running can simultaneously burn calories and improve your mood.

A Pilates workout is also an ideal option as it acts as a form of natural stress relief.

Pilates involves a series of slow and precise exercises done either on mats or equipment (which is known as Reformer Pilates). Aside from stabilising and strengthening your muscles, Pilates offers a wide range of mental health benefits due to the way it naturally focuses your mind to control your body.

How can pilates help you relieve stress?

Pilates is more than just a physical exercise that improves your posture and flexibility. It can help you manage stress by providing you with the following mental and wellbeing benefits:

  1. Pilates reduces your stress by stimulating the production of endorphins.
    Endorphins are chemicals in the brain that function as natural mood elevators. Doing Pilates increases their production, helping you feel more happy, positive and relaxed after each workout.
  1. Pilates can improve your sleep
    Having difficulty sleeping can make you tired during the day and irritable.Pilates helps improve sleep quality by easing your mind, soothing your muscles and improving your blood circulation.
  1. Pilates helps you focus.
    Pilates is a type of exercise that coordinates your mind and body. Since this can act as a form of active meditation. Pilates increases your ability to focus and concentrate.
  1. Pilates boosts your confidence.
    Pilates helps strengthen your muscles, increasing your endurance and keeping your body fit. This allows you to improve your self-image and feel good about your body.

With just 3 classes per week, getting into a healthy Pilates routine at a studio like KX Pilates can help you relieve your stress through regular physical activity.

Join a pilates studio and see for yourself

Whoever you are and whatever your level of fitness, there’s a KX Pilates class for you.

KX Pilates offers a high intensity and body-toning workout in just 50 minutes, so it fits around your busy schedule. Whether you want to do your workout in private, in a group or in a specialised way – we promise to help you achieve that well-balanced body and good mental health in amongst your hectic schedule.

Do you want more information or have any questions?

No worries! Contact us and we won’t keep you wondering.

Content is general guidance only and is not tailored to individuals. Seek professional medical advice before commencing any program with us or relying on recommendations to determine the relevance to your circumstances. KX Pilates is not responsible for loss or damage suffered by you relying on this content. KX Pilates is not responsible for material provided by third parties

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