5 workouts to combat uni stress
5 workouts to combat uni stress

5 Workouts To Help Combat Uni Stress

University can be pretty intense and challenging at times, but working out can be a fun and healthy way to combat some of this stress.

If you’ve ever felt the pressure of university, you’re certainly not alone. Deadlines teamed with exams, money or financial worries and the pressure of keeping up a social life, budgeting, cooking every night or missing your family and friends back home can be a lot to deal with all at once.

In fact, it’s completely normal to feel stressed or anxious throughout university, but you don’t have to struggle alone. A great way to combat stress is to get stuck into a workout or take up a new sport to take your mind off things and help you alleviate some of that pressure.

Plus, if you’re turning to exercise to help combat stress, you can get a student discount at adidas to help kit you out for your workout of choice, as everyone knows the best motivation to work out is new gym wear and activewear.

Here are some of our favourite workouts to help relieve stress:

1. Boxing


Boxing has become a popular type of exercise in recent years as it’s great not only for keeping fit but for your mind and body as well. Boxing is a high-intensity workout that will improve your heart health and balance, boost your strength and really get you working up a sweat. It’s also great for stress too as if you’re having a stressful day there’s nothing like taking it out on a punching bag!

Boxing can be a really intense workout and a session can easily boost your overall mood and keep your stress levels down after a challenging day. If you’ve never tried it before, see if your university or local gym offers any boxing classes and give it a go as it could be a really healthy way to channel your stress.

2. Yoga


Yoga is a great exercise to get into the habit of doing regularly as it has so many health benefits. Not only will it help you to feel less stressed, but it can also help to improve physical strength and flexibility. Trust us, a good yoga session each morning will help you to feel relaxed and ready to tackle whatever the day has to throw at you.

Another great benefit of yoga is that anyone can do it, it’s super easy for beginners to pick up and you can do it straight from the comfort of your bedroom! Of course, you can book a yoga class if you’d prefer to do it with your friends or under the guide of an instructor, but there are plenty of YouTube yoga tutorials you can try at home too from complete beginners to those who want something a bit more challenging.

3. Pilates


Pilates might not seem like the most obvious choice, but it’s great for relieving both stress and anxiety symptoms. Pilates strengthens muscles and improves posture and flexibility, which can leave your mind and body feeling refreshed and relaxed. It can be quite an intense workout, as you really stretch your muscles which will release tension and you will focus on breathing techniques which will leave you feeling super relaxed once you’re done.

Pilates is normally done in a studio or workout class, but there are lots of YouTube tutorials you can follow at home too for beginners if you don’t feel comfortable working out in front of other people or just want something quick and easy to do to start your day.

4. Cardio


For some people, cardio might sound like a nightmare but getting super sweaty at the gym is a great way to combat stress. While cardio can be tough, it’s really up to you how much you want to do or what machines you want to use, even 10 minutes of cardio can be beneficial when it comes to stress-busting.

There are loads of different cardio machines you can use at the gym including bikes, cross trainers, rowing machines or stair machines so whether you stick to one or do a short session on each one to keep it moving, an hour of cardio when you’re feeling under pressure at uni is sure to help boost your mood once you’re done. Plus, you can listen to your own music of upbeat or motivational songs to help you get really into it.

5. Walking


It might sound simple but if you’re having a tough day, getting outdoors and getting some fresh air is essential to boosting your mood and stopping you from lounging around in bed all day. Walking is great for your heart health but it also gets you up and out of the house and can be beneficial for stress too. You can go at your own pace and either set out a route beforehand or just walk to your local coffee shop instead of driving or getting public transport.

You might be lucky enough to have some great nature spots near your uni, and if you do live near a park, river or lake there’s nothing like taking a trip to see some relaxing scenery to reduce stress. Walking is a less intense workout, but it has some great benefits, so it’s worth seeing if your university offers any hiking trails or walking groups you can get involved in too if you want to try a new challenge.

Hopefully, trying some of these workouts or exercises will help you to feel less stressed and more relaxed while you’re studying. Don’t forget to check out our adidas student discount for great savings on trainers, yoga leggings, sports bras, shorts and more to help you feel prepared and ready for whatever workouts you’re trying in 2023.

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