We all want to be fit and healthy and this also extends to our mental health. Studies have found that exercise is more important to our health than our economic status and that sports that have a social aspect can be more beneficial to our health than others. But working out in a group could be even more advantageous as researchers have found that it can lower stress by up to 26% (to read more click here).
Rabble, an immersive group exercise class, is reimaging childhood games for adults (although all age groups and fitness levels are welcome). Playing games like British Bulldog, Capture the Flag, Dodgeball, and Frisbee to name a few. The sessions are social, many classes take place outside and you are likely to become a member of a strong community. Charlotte, Rabble’s founder, aimed to create group-based games that exercise so much fun people forgot they were working out.
The great outdoors does wonders for your mental health. In a recent study involving a collation of 140 studies, it was found that there are significant health benefits including a reduction in the risk of type II diabetes, premature death, cardiovascular disease and it can increase sleep duration. It found that along with lower blood pressure and heart rate, people living closer to nature had significantly lower levels of salivary cortisol – a physiological marker of stress. In 2007 the mental health charity MIND commissioned two studies to show that outdoor exercise, or eco-therapy, could be as effective as antidepressants in treating mild depression. Rabble utilises outdoor space for its sessions. So, as well as all the fitness benefits of taking part in exercise you have the added advantage of getting a good dose of vitamin D and lowering your stress levels by moving your workout into the fresh air.
‘Laughter is the best medicine’ isn’t just a saying, it is true! Researchers at the University of Michigan have also calculated that 20 seconds of laughter could be as good for our lungs as three minutes of rowing. Which is great news if you are having a laugh while you work out as that means it can only improve the impact.
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