3 Tips to Stay Active and Combat Stress

Feeling stressed? While it’s totally normal to feel stressed from time to time, too much of it can be harmful to your health. Luckily, being active is an effective way to combat stress and find your inner ‘zen’. 

Exercising regularly improves your body’s oxygen and blood flow, which has a direct effect on your brain. Exercise also boosts ‘feel-good’ endorphins, is a mood booster and takes your mind off your daily stresses – to name but a few benefits. 

How to Be Active When You Feel Stressed 
The good news is that you don’t have to go to the gym 24/7 to reap the benefits of exercise. It’s all about finding a way to move your body that feels good – even if you’re homebound. And be sure to pick a physical activity you actually enjoy, not dread. You don’t want to be huffing and puffing while trying to unwind. In no time, you may even start looking forward to exercising! Here’s some inspiration to get you started.

1. Go for a Nature Walk 

According to Harvard Medical School, nature walks offer impressive therapeutic benefits. When you’re feeling stressed, your prefrontal cortex may be activated. Thankfully, walks in nature give our prefrontal cortex a well-deserved rest. Listening to calming nature sounds or silence can also reduce your levels of cortisol (i.e. the stress hormone).

We may not be able to travel now, but we can still take a walk in some of our parks and park connectors (while maintaining safe social distancing), regular walks in the outdoors can do wonders for combating your stress. This one’s also great if you’ve got a four-legged friend!

2. Sweat it Out in Your Living Room 

Channelling stress into a gym session is a tried and tested method. When your body engages in physical activity, such as going for a run or doing a HIIT workout, it releases chemicals known as endorphins. Endorphins interact with brain receptors to reduce the sensation of pain and give you a euphoric feeling. 

Can’t get to the gym? We feel you! Transform your living room or any space you’ve got at home into your makeshift gym. While it’s no Virgin Active gym, you can still make the most of whatever you’ve got to keep your body moving in this time!

If you’ve got a yoga mat, chair, steps or any light weights, you can get creative and work up a sweat at home. Or get your groove on and have a dance party at home with our ‘Dance Like No One’s Watching’ playlist.

3. Join an Online Fitness Regime 

In absence of our group classes, why not add some variety into your home workout with an online fitness regime? Through various videos, you can follow classes at home in your own time and keep your body moving to combat stress.

During the time our clubs are closed, we have automatically frozen all memberships with no fee to pay until such time as Virgin Active clubs re-open.

Exclusive Online Workouts

If you are currently a member with us, login to MyLocker

and simply click on the ‘Online Workouts’ icon to start today. Little to no equipment required.

Lastly - this is a bonus one! 

4. Look and Feel Good

It can be really easy to live in your pyjamas and work out in the same old gear everyday but it is important to not let yourself get stuck in that routine.

When you take the time to set your mornings or pre workout routine by switching it up with a change of clothes and playing a bit of dress up, you tend to feel more put together, confident and ready to tackle whatever's in front of you, be it a Zoom meeting or a 30 minute HIIT class.

Add a pop of colour and sweat-wicking comfort to your workout with some new Under Armour leggings, improve your performance with an Under Armour RUSH™ top (mineral-infused fabric that reflects energy - say what?!), or simply connect with a loved one and make them feel good by sending them something you think they'd like from Under Armour !

From now till 4th May 12.15am, Under Armour will be extending a Virgin Active exclusive discount of 25% off regular items and 10% off outlet items for you to look and feel your best. Just key in UAXVIRGINACTIVE at checkout!