2020 has been a lot so it’s not surprising that we’re feeling more anxious. The Mental Health Foundation reports there are approximately 8.3 million cases of anxiety in the UK with women almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder than men. To the experts, anxiety is seen as a kind of gateway condition to depression, but aside from the obvious mental health issues associated with anxiety, it is also known to contribute to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This is because when you’re feeling anxious you are more likely to move less.
Unfortunately, we know that when you’re feeling anxious finding the motivation to pull on your workout gear and get your body moving feels impossible. But, we also know that we always feel better for getting in some exercise and now numerous studies back this up. The saying is, ‘you never regret a workout’ and when it comes to supporting good mental health and alleviating stress and anxiety, there has never been a truer word spoken.
Exercise more. Feel better.
So, how do you know if what you’re feeling is anxiety? Essentially, anxiety feels like constant worry, whether mild or severe, and it’s something most of us experience at some point in our lives.
Thankfully, exercise is proven to help alleviate anxiety. According to Harvard Medical School exercise decreases muscle tension, it prompts beneficial changes to your brain chemistry and it stimulates the parts of your brain which regulate how you react to ‘threats’. You don’t have to workout for hours-on-end to reap the benefits; The Anxiety and Depression Association of America says just five minutes of exercise has an impact and those who exercise regularly are on average 25% less likely to develop anxiety. The type of exercise you do depends on what you enjoy. There is little point slogging away at an activity that doesn’t make you feel good.
W3 Club likes to do things differently
Of course, feeling physically fit and strong is important, but W3 Club also recognises that great mental health and wellbeing is just as essential. This is why classes have been developed with mental health in mind to deliver strong mental resilience as well as a strong body.
Take back your power
A healthy body means nothing without a healthy mind so, on the 30th September from 17:30 until 19:00, we are hosting a one-of-a-kind workshop that will teach you about the body/mind connection and help you understand what you can do to enrich and strengthen both. Together we will explore the types of exercise that will help you achieve your goals, the benefits of conscious eating, how to align your energy centres and introduce you to truly beneficial breathwork.
We’ll cover such topics as meditation – which has been shown to have a positive impact on anxiety – as well as the pitfalls of stress and the power of positive thinking. We’ll encourage deeper conversations around topics like higher consciousness, achieving a deep trance, the coherence of mind and body and various therapies, while taking a closer look at how energy fields can impact your everyday life. We hope you’ll enjoy the practical exercises, such as learning calming yoga postures and mastering breathing techniques, too. Your mind is a powerful tool and it’s one that needs nurturing and strengthening just like any other muscle in your body. With this workshop we will empower you to do just that.
Say ohm to relieve anxiety
Yoga has become the poster child of the wellness industry but it’s Hatha Yoga that seems to be the most promising when it comes to quieting an overactive mind and lessening anxiety. Unlike Vinyasa yoga, Hatha yoga allows you to lean into a posture, the pace is slower and your entire focus is what your body is doing. Studies show that Hatha Yoga may be an excellent addition to anti-anxiety efforts, helping to calm your nervous system and reduce physical and mental stress.
Sweat to reduce tension
Working up a sweat with regular aerobic exercise has been found to decrease tension levels, improve your quality of sleep, boost your mood and even lift your self-esteem. It does this by prompting your brain to release feel-good chemicals and it starts to have an effect after just five minutes of getting going. How you get your blood pumping is up to you but at W3 Club you can join a class, hit the Cycle studio, thrash it out in the gym or even dominate the tennis court. Doing something you enjoy is a must.
Nothing puts the lid on a busy and stressful day quite like getting in a few laps in the pool before winding down for the evening. Numerous experts have identified bodies of water as being good for mental wellbeing and according to Swimming.org swimming has reduced the symptoms of anxiety for 1.4 million adults in the UK with almost half a million adults with mental health problems stating they have been able to reduce their visits to a medical professional for their mental health thanks to swimming. The pool at W3 Club is rather special because the swim philosophy at the club was developed by world class and renowned Olympic swimmings so your time in the pool will be well spent whatever your pace or ability.