Fitness Trends in Flower Mound: Fighting Stress
As working people, we often may feel that the day-to-day stress of our work and home obligations contributes to fatigue, illness, and absences from work.
Statistics would support the idea that stress is taking a tremendous toll on our health. Psychology Today reports that 80-90% of medical visits are stress related, but less than 3% of doctors regularly talk to patients about ways to reduce stress.
Here’s a startling statistic: 61% of employees report feeling burned out at work. Stress decreases our productivity.
There’s even more support to be found regarding the negative effects of stress, with a recent study by CareerBuilder reporting these as the top five stress symptoms contributing to loss of productivity:
- Constant fatigue (29%)
- Sleeplessness (26%)
- Aches and pains (24%)
- High anxiety (23%)
- Weight gain (18%)
In an effort to combat work-related stress and remain healthy and productive, employees are supplementing company wellness programs with opportunities to exercise during their personal time outside of work, which has contributed to a fitness boom in Flower Mound and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Popular Exercise Trends in the Flower Mound Area
There are a number of fitness trends taking place near Flower Mound, and across the Dallas-Fort Worth region as a whole, that aim to combat both the physical and mental drain that results from an overload of stress.
The following are some forms of exercise that have seen a recent explosion in local popularity:
Yoga trains your parasympathetic nervous system, which is your counter-stress-response system. Regular yoga sessions can reduce your chronic stress hormone levels and increase your heart rate variability, which are indicators of your reserves available to tolerate stress. These factors increase even after a few sessions of yoga.
In addition, time spent in an atmosphere of non-judgement towards yourself and others can also work to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
A quote by Sadie Lincoln, a founder of barre3, a popular fitness studio, has this to say about barre:
“Most barre-based classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines, like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.”
A barre workout might also incorporate light weights to increase the impact of so many repetitions, as well as mats for core exercises done on the floor.
Orangetheory workouts utilize heart rate monitors to guide you through interval workouts of various intensities, from light effort to all-out effort.
A number of machines and equipment are utilized during a typical session, including:
- Indoor rowing machines
- Fitness bands
The goal of this HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout is to leave you with an increased, fat-burning metabolic rate for up to 36 hours after the session.
Orangetheory Fitness has exploded all over the U.S., with over 770 studios nationwide.
Combatting Physical and Mental Symptoms of Stress — Could It Be Low T?
There’s no doubt that taking time to exercise can reduce stress and increase your sense of wellbeing.
However, there’s one area of good health that involves almost all of the symptoms of stress, overlapping the mental and physical, that employees report — hormones.
The primary symptoms of stress are remarkably similar to the common symptoms of low testosterone: chronic fatigue, anxiety or irritability, mild depressive mood, and difficulty concentrating.
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, and increasing physical activity isn’t providing you with the relief you need to stay on top of your game at work or at home, consider visiting the Testosterone Centers of Texas Flower Mound clinic.
The new and exciting fitness trends around Flower Mound are excellent opportunities to reduce stress, but they will not overcome low testosterone or other hormone imbalances, so let us help you find out what’s at the root of your problem.
The initial consult is free (you can click here to schedule an appointment), and walk-ins are always welcome.
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