How does a Walk 15 class help you manage stress?
Many have come to think of exercise as a "Mental Vacation" (I agree)!
In fact, our Walk 15 Instructors say just knowing they've got a Walk 15 class to go to helps minimize the stress and anxiety in their day!
The medical community has recognized the power of physical activity as a stress reliever; and the 2017 Stress in America™ survey conducted on behalf of the American Psychological Association (APA) shows that although stress levels continue to be high across all demographics, people are doing more on their own to manage the stress in their day to day lives.
This is where walking comes in...especially our kind of fitness walking...in a BIG way!
Source: 2017 Stress in America™ survey
Stress is defined as "that which strains or deforms." Think about that...when you put too much stress on even a piece of metal, it breaks! When we put too much stress on our bodies and minds, we start to "break"...and the result is fatigue, tension, anxiety, and illness.
Anxiety triggers the release of chemicals in our bodies that are supposed to help us in short spurts...but...when we feel constant stress---even at low levels---it takes a toll. Walking helps to calm those harmful chemicals, and regular walking can even help you so that when you do feel stress, you're able to better manage it.
If walking is good...you can see how fitness walking boosts all the healthy benefits! Walk 15 classes include music...the community support...and the physical activity...and go to work quickly to help bust up the stress of your day.
Here's what some of our Walk 15 Instructors wanted to share about how they experience this for themselves:
"The fact that I committed to teaching means that after a stressful day instead of hibernating, feeling sorry for myself and getting depressed; I look forward to seeing people that will smile back at me. As the musics starts my spirit just lifts up and 5 minutes into the workout the worries fade. At the end I feel relaxed and happy,,,able to face my family and wee tasks left before going to bed."
"Since my classes are at 6:30 am, this helps set my day off right! My clients are happy to be there and if I am feeling anxious about my day it’s washed away immediately when the music starts and I have smiles all around! Throw in some humor and we are walking into happiness." 😀
"I have classes 4 days a week late in the afternoon after I get off work. I agree that the stress of the day washes off of me. I have a great group of walkers at 3 venues. We have a great group where you can walk and talk with each other as share our struggles from the day. We start to walk, giggle, have fun... and at the end of class you feel refreshed and ready to relax the rest of the day."
"I always look forward to my classes - they ARE my stress relief! I know any stress of the day will melt away the minute the music starts in class... and I see it come off my Walkers, too! It's wonderful to see that transformation!"
"My morning classes get me in the right frame of mind and set me up for whatever the day brings! My evening classes release any stress I might be feeling from my day and brings my day to a relaxing end!"
What power we have to take better care of ourselves in a natural way!
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