This Product Is A Game-Changer For Helping to Reduce Stress

This Product Is A Game-Changer For Helping to Reduce Stress

by | Jul 16, 2019

You probably don’t need us to tell you that you’re stressed, right? Your endless to-do list, constant email notifications and impending deadlines have already got that covered.

But what you might not realise is just how bad stress can be for your body and mind. Over long periods, stress has been linked to a range of physical and mental health issues. But enough with the fear factor – you need simple, seamless methods for helping to reduce your stress (that don’t involve busting out an essential oil diffuser at your office desk or buying a one way plane ticket to Hawaii).

Enter: the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. This wearable has a range of handy ways to help you manage stress and improve your wellness. Here’s how.

1. Stress monitoring

One of the sneaky things about stress is that small triggers can pile up. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active comes with an integrated heart monitor that can monitor your stress level and ranks it on a scale between cool as a cucumber and red hot (our description, not theirs). The watch will send you instant alerts when it detects an abnormal heart rate and encourage you to practice deep, controlled breaths to help you unwind (which you can easily do incognito at your desk or even in a meeting). Breathing exercises have been found to trigger relaxation responses in the body, reduce cortisol, and help to manage stress. You can check the difference in stress levels after your sesh and compare your stress levels day-to-day and week-to-week. Another cool capability of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is that you can change and customise your watch face. If you opt for the Breathe dashboard, you can have quick access to your exercises.

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Samsung

2. In built meditation apps

The science is clear – study after study shows that meditation is beneficial for managing stress. Incorporating even a few minutes of mindfulness into your morning routine can have a major impact on your overall health. Samsung has partnered with Calm – the number one app for meditation, sleep and relaxation – so you can access their range of meditation programs through the Samsung Health app on your smartphone. Then, using the Galaxy Watch Active, you can play and pause meditation sessions and track your heart rate**. You can even enjoy a complimentary 6 months subscription***.​

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Samsung

3. Exercise encouragement

In the wise words of Elle Woods: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” Getting your sweat on has the double whammy of releasing those happy hormones and taking your mind off what’s stressing you out. Not only has exercise been found to immediately reduce stressful feels, it’s also been shown to make the brain more resilient to stress in the long term. But when you’re so inside your head with stress it can be easy to forget to move. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active sends you regular reminders to get up and active (at least once an hour) and encourages you to get in a workout each day (you can set your own goal for duration). Through the Watch you can access hundreds of exercise moves, workout programs and fitness apps to get you sweating, anytime and anywhere.

These functions (and so many more) will help you say sayonara to stress, in style.

Click here for more information about the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active.

*Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is not a medical/therapeutic device. Fitness and health functions are for informational purposes only. Using Samsung Health app with Galaxy Active requires signup and pairing with your compatible smartphone.

** Samsung Health is solely intended for fitness and wellness purposes only and is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease.

***From 12 March 2019, until 9319 of complimentary subscriptions being redeemed. T&Cs apply.

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But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 

Nagnata

Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 

Nike

Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

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Tracksmith

Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 

Lululemon

Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?