We believe that it is as important to look after our mental health as it is to look after our bodies, and one of the best things about Reformer Pilates is that you have the chance to do both at the same time. So what are the benefits Of Reformer Pilates To Mental Health?
This week is World Mental Health Week so we think it’s important to highlight some of the ways in which a visit to ReformME could benefit your mind as well as your body.
Exercise decreases what are known as the ‘stress hormones’ like cortisol and increases endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemical. Many studies have shown that the release of endorphins can help reduce the symptoms of depression as well as stress and anxiety and the positive feelings they create may make you feel more happy and confident. Reformer Pilates is the perfect option for releasing endorphins for both seasoned gym goers and those who are new to exercise, as our instructors will help you adjust to your level based on your strengths and weaknesses.
Did you know that a 2017 studyTrusted Source found that participants experienced euphoric feelings linked to endorphin release after an hour of moderate-intensity exercise. Moderate exercise means your heart rate and breathing speed up. You can talk, but you might be a bit short of breath, and you’ll probably sweat at least a little.
At ReformMe, we are keen to emphasise the importance of conscious breathing during classes to ensure you get the most out of your movement. During class, focussing on your breath stops your brain from overthinking or compiling to do lists. Conscious breathing helps you to focus on the present and allows you to escape any stress you might be feeling as a result of external factors within your life for the duration of the class. And the breathing techniques you learn might also improve your ability to respond to and cope with stress outside of class, as this focus and importance on breathing can be transported into everyday life.
Those suffering from mental health conditions may struggle to sleep, especially people who suffer with anxiety. Moderate exercise has been proven to increase the amount of slow wave sleep you get. Slow wave sleep refers to deep sleep, where the brain and body have a chance to rejuvenate. Additionally, the breathing techniques you learn at ReformMe can also be used to help you fall and stay asleep.
A Social, Positive Environment
We are passionate that our studio is a relaxing, happy and high energy place to be and we believe that our soul comes from the special people who spend time here. There is always a relaxed and positive environment in classes which means there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and potential friends. As our world becomes more socially distanced, getting out of the house and spending time with new people in this way or taking the opportunity to exercise with friends, can only be a good thing for our mental health. We hope to see you at a class or at a private session with your friends very soon!