Using Exercise to Reduce Stress | Surge Fitness
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Regular exercise keeps you fit, reduces the risk of illnesses like heart disease and high blood pressure, and can be a great way to socialise.

But there is one big benefit of physical activity that is often overlooked: stress relief. Exercise is great for relieving stress and can help battle anxiety and depression, plus it improves sleep quality.


Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Exercise For Mental Health

It may seem counter intuitive to put your body through physical stress in order to relieve mental stress.

But physical activity helps protect your mind against illness, just like it does for your body. By pumping more blood into your brain, exercise strengthens nerve cell connections to improve memory and guard against degenerative diseases.

Regular exercise – at least 30 minutes, 5 times per week – positively influences your mental health in many ways:

  • Releases serotonin and dopamine, your body’s naturally occurring ‘feel good drugs
  • Helps you sleep better so you wake up feeling rested and ready for the day
  • Improves memory and focus
  • Gives you a true sense of accomplishment
  • Group exercise builds social connections

It’s not always easy to start a routine of exercise for mental health. Especially for people dealing with social anxiety and depression, stepping into a gym can feel like an impossible challenge.

If you need help getting started, talk to one of our staff members. Surge Fitness is a supportive community where everyone is welcome.


Reduce The Stress From A Busy Work Week

In a previous post where we talked about why personal training is good for professionals, we touched on relieving stress as a benefit.

Going to the gym after a difficult day at work might seem like the last thing you want to do. But ask around the office and you’ll find a surprising number of people swear by regular exercise to relieve stress, socialise after work or prepare for a difficult day ahead.

As well as promoting dopamine and serotonin, a sweat session gives you an opportunity to focus on something else for long enough to relieve stress built up in the office.

Many people even find the change of environment and increased blood flow to the brain helps them crack difficult problems, then return to work with a natural energy boost.


Top Tips For Relieving Stress With Exercise

So how do you take advantage of exercise for mental health? Here’s a few things to try:

  • Start slow: Especially if you are dealing with depression and anxiety, it’s important to build up gradually and not overdo it.
  • Keep at it: Some benefits will be immediate. Others, like increased self-esteem and expanded social horizons, will take time.
  • Listen to music: Listening to your favourite jams while exercising is a great mood booster. You can also try and audiobook or podcast if that’s your thing.
  • Breathe deeply: Not only will breathing exercises improve your workout, they are a proven stress relief technique.
  • Set small goals: Unachievable targets will only add to existing stress. Work with a PT to set manageable targets that make you feel great.
  • Mix it up: Try a group fitness class like yoga for relaxation, or Body Attack when you need to really work the frustration out.


How To Get Started

Ready to reap the benefits of exercise for mental health?

When you join Surge Fitness this month you’ll get 3 free PT sessions to create a personalised exercise routine that relieves stress and builds fitness, both physical and mental.

Important Information Regarding Your Surge Fitness Membership.

Yesterday’s announcement from our Prime Minister ordering the immediate closure of Fitness Facilities across the nation is significant a blow to all of us across many Industries. We understand that this decision has been based on the best advice currently available to those responsible for our safety and with the Impending state border closures, and increasing community concerns, meant that this decision was unavoidable.

As such, it is with great sadness that we today announce that all Surge Fitness clubs will temporarily close, effective from 12pm today, Monday 23rd March 2020.

At Surge Fitness, we believe that we can make a difference, change lives and build healthy communities. As a brand, we still have a lot of work to do and we all believe that we can continue to positively impact our members and the local communities at large during this time of uncertainty.

Like many of you, our business is facing unprecedented impacts both on our people and our business and we will continue to work through the issues together as effectively as possible.

During this time of closure, all memberships will be placed on complimentary freeze until we are in a position to resume our regular services. Surge Fitness has been working on contingency plans throughout the past few weeks to provide ongoing services to our members such as online & virtual training platforms including numerous resources to help support our members physical and mental health well-being.

Further announcements will be made in the coming days with communications to be published both on our social media platforms and via email once the government has clarified their position regarding the forced closure directive.

On behalf of all of the team at Surge Fitness we would like to thank you all for your ongoing support over the years. As a team we have shared some memorable experiences with you all. Today's forced closure is just a minor setback in our Health & Fitness journey together.