Relieve Stress With These Two Gym Workouts
Binge watching shows, eating too many salty or sweet foods, drinking more alcohol than usual, putting off important tasks. If any of these seem to be a bigger part of your life lately, chances are you’re stressed out.
We all react to stress differently, but one thing is for sure – a consistent workout schedule at the gym can reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.
Stress makes us feel different. Some physical signs are headaches and neck aches. It can weaken your immune system, too. Chronic stress can also lead to unhealthy habits like drinking too much alcohol that can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems.
Other indicators of stress can be emotional such as feeling anxious, depressed and having trouble sleeping. The good news is that adding or increasing healthy lifestyle habits, like regular exercise at the gym, can help reduce or even prevent some of the harmful effects of stress.
When you exercise, your body releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body. The progress gained after completing each workout will build into a lasting positivity that can reduce your overall stress, increase your energy levels, and not to mention get your body in great shape, too!
Two Stress Relieving Workouts at the Gym
Working out at the gym offers a variety of exercise activities that you just can’t get anywhere else. It’s the variety of equipment, classes, personal training, and support from the fellow community of members that make exercise at the gym so effective at reducing stress and keeping you motivated.
An Energetic Kettlebell Workout
Training with kettlebell weights is a total body workout that will help eliminate stress while getting excellent results. The wide variety of movements include arm swings, presses, squats, and bent over rows to name a few. Using various weighted kettlebells, combined with these compound moves, can help reach multiple muscle groups at the same time which helps maximize time spent workout out.
How to get started at the gym: for new members, take advantage of two free personal training sessions. A trainer will take you through proper kettlebell technique and help establish goals. If you’re an existing member at AFC Fitness, don’t hesitate to contact the fitness director at the gym and ask for a kettlebell workout demonstration.
Cardio and Strength Rotation
When you’re stressed out nothing beats a vigorous cardio workout intermixed with strength training moves. Again, this is where the variety of equipment and activities at a gym matter. Start by hitting the treadmills or your favorite cardio machine and then switching to a few sets of core and butt workouts. Then, back to the treadmill followed by sets of arm and chest exercises. It’s the combination of cardio and strength that makes these cardio/strength rotation workouts so effective at reducing stress and getting results.
How to get started at the gym: Try a fifteen-minute treadmill workout, switch to sets of chest press and triceps strength exercises, and then finish off with another 15 minutes on an elliptical machine. On your next workout day, keep the same cardio routine, but try switching your target muscles for strength training to your back and biceps. If you need help coming up with a rotation plan, make sure to use your two free personal training sessions at the gym. A certified AFC Fitness personal trainer will help design the perfect routine for your specific level and goals.
Start a Free 30 Day Trial
We invite you to try one of these stress relieving workouts. Better yet, start a free 30-day trial today and consult with a personal trainer about which exercises at the gym are best for your level. As you begin your new fitness journey, you will notice the stress melting away, as a feel-good sensation takes over during and after your workouts. Workout after workout, you will begin to see improvement in your overall well-being as exercise at the gym becomes a must-have part of your life.