Stress seems to be hitting us from all angles during the coronavirus outbreak, and even those not directly coping with the illness are feeling the strain in their own ways. All the uncertainty can take its toll on both our physical and mental health, especially since we’re confined to our homes and can’t visit the fitness centers in South Jersey where we loved to sweat away our troubles under normal circumstances.

The team here at Kennedy Fitness: A Jefferson Health Affiliate cares deeply about the wellbeing of people throughout our community. While we’re temporarily unable to help our members in person at our gym facilities, we’re doing everything we can to provide the online resources you need to stay healthy, fit, and upbeat during these difficult times.

If you need some stress relief right now, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few useful tips!

Keep Moving

We’ll start with the most obvious suggestion. In addition to keeping your body in good shape, exercise is a wonderful way to relieve stress, and it’s more important now than ever. If you tend to need a little push to get motivated, we’ve got great news. Kennedy Fitness is offering online fitness classes, absolutely free!

This infographic illustrates a few reasons to make our daily sessions part of your at-home routine.

Listen to Music

Did you know that a playlist can lower your blood pressure? Whether you prefer soft and meditative tunes or high-tempo rock music, do your brain and body a favor by cranking up your favorite melodies while you’re cooking, cleaning, or even working on your computer. 

Soak in the Sun

There’s nothing like the restorative power of nature, and especially on a sunny day. Sunlight triggers the release of serotonin, a mood-boosting hormone, in your brain. It also infuses your body with Vitamin D, which can help strengthen your immune system.

Bathe Regularly

It might be tempting to forego your usual hygiene and grooming regimen since you don’t have to be seen in public, but never underestimate the power of a shower or bath for relieving tension and improving your mood.

Choose Tea Over Coffee

What would we do without caffeine? It’s a nice pick-me-up first thing in the morning, but if you overdo it, caffeine can act as a stressor on your body, triggering the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Try to substitute a nice herbal tea for extra cups of coffee in the afternoon and evening, and don’t forget to keep drinking water throughout the day.

Ready to release some stress right now? Take a break from social distancing and check out our website to see our full schedule of workout programs online, and fill out a contact form if you would like to reach us for any reason.