Updated: May 12
"You're just one workout away from a better mood."
We believe this.....and,
As gym-owners and instructors, community leaders, studio operators, and managers, we are all in a great position to help boost mental health.
We hope you'll share these simple tips to further encourage your community to keep moving.
EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTS
Studies have shown that 20 minutes of moderate exercise is enough to provide a brain boost (endorphin high) that can last for up to 12 hours! When consistent, one's mood may stay elevated for weeks!
“The brain is the only organ you can’t overtax, and you’re not going to have a meltdown if you start challenging your grey matter by introducing new ways of moving.” ~ Les Mills "6 Ways to Sweat Away Stress"
LIFT ANY WEIGHT
For reducing stress and anxiety, the amount of weight being lifted matters less than the act of lifting it. The action alone provides feelings of confidence and self worth. Don't worry about how heavy (or light) the weight it. Just lift it.
TRAIN WITH OTHERS
Social connection during exercise plays an important role in reducing stress and relieving anxiety. Finding more enjoyment and a sense of connection are common with group fitness.
Fitness activities discovered to offer the highest mental health benefits: Team Sports, Group Cycling, and Aerobics style classes.
YOGA BEFORE BED
Yoga at anytime of day has a way of inducing calm and elevating the mood but when done before bed it's found to also improve sleep quality.
Try 20-30 minutes of stretching followed by 10 minutes of meditation, 3 evenings per week.
SHORT AND SWEET
Studies have found that exercising 3-5 days per week of roughly 45 min. each offers the biggest reduction in stress and anxiety. Four (4) sessions per week of cardio training to
to reduce depression and hostility..
High impact or low? Low is great for reducing negativity 😊 and anxiety.
You provide a path to better health in many, many, ways.
🚴♂️🏃♀️ Thank you! 🤸♂️🏋️♂️
The insights shared here were compiled by Les Mills, global leader and influencer in the world of group fitness. Foundation Fitness is proud to work with Les Mills to provide premium fitness equipment and training solutions to our clients
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Recompiled for Foundation Fitness LLC by Sarah Sager based on research and information from:
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Every Little Bit XLife Denver
Lift Any Weight XLife Denver
Train With Others @HighRideCycle on IG Denver area
ProTip @Ashleymooretrain on IG with Escape Fitness
Yoga Before Bed Les Mills Virtual
Short and Sweet Matrix Fitness on IG