The hectic world we live in means we need to take time out for our minds and bodies to rejuvenate. Depression and low self esteem are increasingly common and we want to provide a safe haven to release tension and escape everyday stresses.
There are a wide range of benefits from training aerial disciplines, some of which are outlined below.
Aerial and circus arts are great for improving upper body and core strength. They help to strengthen tendons and ligaments contributing to injury prevention in other activities. Flexibility and coordination will also naturally improve.
You’ll be having so much fun that you’ll find your overall fitness increases without you even noticing.
You can burn 300-400 calories per hour with increased intensity of exercise. Frequent participation leads to increased muscle mass and an increased metabolic rate, so even at rest more calories are burned.
Release of tension
Many of us are guilty of bad posture, be it sitting or standing, which leads to a buildup of tension in muscles and joints. Aerial will help to release this tension, enabling decompression of the spine via the release of pressure between the vertebrae.
Exercise provides a great boost for mental health and aerial activities are able to provide benefits above and beyond those offered by more traditional forms of exercise or therapy.
In yoga, calmness can be accredited to breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation, but also through the chemical changes it brings about in the body. This involves a decrease in levels of certain hormones associated with stress or exhilaration - epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine - while levels of the sleep-inducing oxytocin rise, all encouraging feelings of relaxation.
In a similar way, aerial promotes calmness and lifts your mood. This is increased by the rise in oxygen supply to the brain which promotes feelings of elation.