Picture: Supplied Swimming can relieve you from stress

Senseless meetings, never-ending email threads, impossible deadlines, frustrating co-workers – all things in the workplace that build aggravation, cut productivity and drive up dissatisfaction levels.

Working out – before, during or after work - can play a huge role in relieving this stress and improving concentration, mood, memory and creativity.

National product development manager at Virgin Active, Ceri Hannan, says that mental wellbeing is as much a crucial product of working out as the physical fitness elements: “the right programme can make you calmer and happier as well as fitter and the consequence will be a much more positive and productive time at work”.

Hannan suggests five possible ‘stress-buster’ workouts that will get rid of the office blues:


High Intensity Interval Training will quickly eradicate pent-up frustration by forcing you to focus all your energy and emotion on working through six core movements for a full body workout.


If high intensity isn’t your thing, try yoga or pilates. These calming workouts are for all fitness levels and focus on relieving physical and mental stress while strengthening your core muscles. You’ll walk out feeling lighter and tension-free.


If your challenge is to get your racing mind to switch off then the pool is the best place to be. For a moderate intensity workout, swim two laps, taking a breath on every third stroke, before resting at the wall if you need to.

Try cycle classes, fast-paced indoor cycling will deliver maximum results in minimal time. It’s a super-toning workout with upbeat music to drive your pedal stroke.