By Cheryl Hammer – Paseo Club Ambassador

Do you feel too busy and stressed to work out? Have you ever thought, “I just need more hours in my day and I would prioritize my physical health and fitness lifestyle.” You have family needs, school finals around the corner, family health issues, work deadlines in front of you and, of course, urgent emails to return. I can relate to many of these stress points and more.

I am so thankful to be a member of the Paseo Club. When I walk through the front doors I feel welcomed and valued. My “To-Do List” begins to fade into the background as I anticipate my workout class for that day. The music is playing, our instructor is focused and eager to teach. I see some familiar faces who have become my friends and we push ourselves and one another. It is amazing that in less than one hour my stress is significantly reduced and I am ready to reenter my family and work world with a renewed spirit.

Finding a form of exercise or activity that you enjoy is an important step in making your workouts a consistent part of your lifestyle. The Paseo Club is the perfect choice for you as it offers extensive fitness activities spread over 8 acres of property. High intensity, low intensity, weights, no weights – the offerings are extensive and the schedule is feasible for almost anyone.

Here are a few reasons why exercise reduces our stress levels: 

  • Your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These neurotransmitters cause the “Runner’s High”. They perform a significant function in lessening stress and anxiety. 
  • Helps you connect with others with a common goal in mind. Connection is one of the key paths to experiencing a healthy lifestyle. Talking, sharing, and socializing helps us to destress. And it’s one of the best parts of finding your “crew” at the club!
  • Good for our mental fitness and helping us relax. Exercise is effective in reducing fatigue, improving concentration, boosting alertness, and enhancing your brain’s general function. 
  • Hormones released by regular exercise help to improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. 
  • Those who are physically active are more likely to make food choices that support their physical training and health. This leads to a greater self-confidence and sense of well-being.

We can all use less stress in our lives which leads us to a greater sense of peace, calmness, reassurance and happiness. I’m so glad to have the best spot in the Santa Clarita Valley to help me manage my stress levels and have fun!