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05 May 2017

You’re only a workout away from a good mood!

It’s been said that exercise is a great antidepressant and gives you that feel good factor.

When we think about exercise we might think about getting ‘summer ready’ but it is also about good mental health.  Studies have shown that when you exercise your body releases endorphins that make you feel good. That’s because aerobic exercise, including jogging, swimming, cycling, walking and dancing, have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression. Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Who wouldn’t want that?

The NHS recommends ‘to stay healthy, adults should do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week. If you haven’t exercised for a while, gradually introduce physical activity into your daily routine. Any exercise is better than none. Even a 15 minute walk can clear your mind and relax.’

Body combat classFancy trying something new?

Why not try Body Combat, a high-energy martial arts-inspired workout. We’ll teach you how to punch, kick and strike all while getting you fit and strong. Or have a go with CXWork which promises to strengthen your core in just 30 minutes.

If you prefer something a bit more gentle, here at Bluecoat Sports we also offer Yoga and Pilates* classes. Another option could be Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art and exercise routine.

This can help with:

  • Relaxation
  • Coordination
  • Posture
  • Body awareness

Tai Chi can help promote deep and regular breathing, resulting in a peaceful mind and improved concentration, while offering a balanced exercise routine to muscles, joints and tendons. Tai Chi is an ideal complement to our more active classes. All these exercises boast amazing health benefits including reducing stress and helping with depression.

How to find the right class for you

Outside yogaHave a look at our class timetable and book something now. Maybe you will feel more motivated if you make plans with some friends. So why not get a group together for a game of badminton or outside tennis?

So mix it up and let exercise be your stress reliever!

*If new to Pilates a Beginner course is required prior to attending any of our Pilates classes.