5 ways to sweat your stress away

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Working out – before, during or after work - can play a huge role in relieving this stress and improving concentration, mood, memory and creativity.

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National Product Development Manager at Virgin Active, Ceri Hannan, says that mental wellbeing is as much a crucial product of working out as the physical fitness elements. “The right programme can make you calmer and happier as well as fitter.”

Hannan suggests five possible ‘stress-buster’ workouts that will get rid of the office blues:

HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training will quickly eradicate pent-up frustration by forcing you to focus all your energy and emotion on working through six core movements for a full body workout.

The GRID is a 30-minute high intensity programme which will have you sweating out any stress and blasting 500 calories at the same time.

Yoga/Pilates

If high intensity isn’t your thing, try yoga or pilates. These calming workouts are for all fitness levels and focus on relieving physical and mental stress while strengthening your core muscles. You’ll walk out feeling lighter and tension-free.

If you’re already a yoga lover, take it to the next level (literally) with Suspension Yoga classes using a hammock-like suspension for a full body workout.

POUND

POUND is the perfect class for losing yourself and forgetting the woes of the world. This rock-inspired workout uses lightly weighted drumsticks to transform drumming into an extremely effective and unique full-body workout.

Swimming

If your challenge is to get your racing mind to switch off then the pool is the best place to be. For a moderate intensity workout, swim two laps, taking a breath on every third stroke, before resting at the wall if you need to.

Ride

Cycle your stress away with a 45 or 60-minute Ride class. The fast-paced indoor cycling will deliver maximum results in minimal time. It’s a super-toning workout with upbeat music to drive your pedal stroke.

Information courtesy of Virgin Active

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