03-02-2022 |

Mind gym, exercising against stress

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Did you know that regular exercise, preferably 3 times a week, even if it’s only 20 to 30 minutes, is enough to make you feel better mentally? You can deal better with negative emotions and you get peace in your head. So exercising also helps against stress. Isn’t it nice after a long, busy working day? Or when external factors make you feel a bit more tense than usual.

Mental benefits

We’re sure you know the feeling. After a chaotic, busy day at work, you’re happy when you can crash on the couch after dinner. Your head is still spinning and telling you that it’s enough for today. This is when the temptation to sit back and watch Netflix arises. For that racing head, however, it is much better to get on your Indoor Cycling bike. In addition to clearing your head, this also has other mental benefits, including combating stress.

Happiness hormone

Exercising against stress? Yes! After exercising, you feel wonderful! This is due to endorphins. This substance is also called the ‘happiness hormone’, and for good reason. Endorphins give you a blissful feeling and reduce pain if you exercise intensively, for example. Indispensable if you want to feel good in your own skin and go through life happily. You develop this substance during physical exertion, love, excitement and, oddly enough, stress and pain. In addition, endorphins are also involved in our internal reward system. If you feel bad and resort to sugary or fatty foods, this also makes you feel good.

Perseverance

Would you like to experience this feeling more often without constantly having to go to the fridge? But do you feel that exercising doesn’t take you much further than feeling exhausted? Then make sure you aren’t training too light or too heavy. The good feeling after exercise arises from intensive training, but not when you train yourself to death. So listen to your body to feel good in your head! Then you also train your perseverance, something that you can translate into other areas of daily life. It is no coincidence that former top-level athletes often excel in the business world after their careers in terms of mental strength and perseverance.

Don’t focus on pain

Training intensively is sometimes easier said than done. You will encounter moments when you are completely out of it. You see the clock slowly counting down and you have 30 minutes to go. At times like that, you usually start focusing on how you feel; the pain in your legs, the acidity, the grip of your hands on the handlebars. This way, you make it a lot harder for yourself mentally. Instead, it is better to consciously focus on something completely different. The landscape in a Scenic Ride, the technique of the trainer or just focus on the music. You’ll find that this helps you get past the threshold. This way, you can keep going for longer and make it to the end of the class.

Mental training

In addition to training physically, can you train your mind to become stronger during your workout? The answer to this question is a resounding yes. Are you totally wrecked at a level 5 during a class? Come on then, push, keep going just a little longer. Or combine two classes in a row. This will show you that you can do more than you think! So if you’re very busy, don’t just rest, but also take the step of exercising to reduce stress.


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