People hit the gym and go for hour-long runs to improve their fitness, tone their muscles and get a rockin’ bod. But, there are so many other benefits that come from working out that often go overlooked. Read up on how exercising can improve your mood and overall mental wellness, and you’ll be inspired to start pounding the pavement.
- Reduce Stress
Busy day at the office? We understand. Take a walk around your neighborhood or try a new workout to relieve your stress. Working up a sweat increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that moderates the brain’s reaction to stress. So, get sweaty and you’ll reduce your stress in no time.
New to fitness? Or maybe you haven’t taken this popular mind-body class yet and want to go in fully informed. We’re breaking down the benefits of Pilates so you can feel confident heading into your workout.
You’ll Gain A Balanced Body
Téana David, instructor of Cardio Pilates, says that she likes Pilates because “it is so well-rounded and creates a body that is long, lean and uniformly toned”. Pilates focuses on moves that target each muscle group throughout the body to create a well-balanced body. Continue reading
Sometimes fitness goers can fall into “camps” – bootcamp fanatics, spin cyclicsts and the list of fitness affinities goes on. But even if you’re not in the yogi camp, the practice can still have great benefits for your body and mind. Trainers Heidi Kristoffer and Robert Nguyen explain the benefits of adding yoga to your exercise routine, with Heidi pointing out that yoga is a complete mind and body workout, and that there are many different styles of yoga so you can find the one that works for you.
Yoga uses your body’s own weight to help build strength. Different poses work different sets of muscles, but all poses involve the use of your core to balance yourself, which helps improve muscle tone. Though all types of yoga help with strength, power yoga is an especially athletic form of yoga that builds strength more quickly. Heidi says when she first took a yoga class she thought it would be a lot of stretching but was happy to find herself drenched in sweat halfway through the class! Continue reading