Gisele Bündchen's Ultimate Stress-Relieving Workout
The model says there's nothing like a punch, kick, and jab when you need to release some tension.
There are tons of things you can do to relieve stress in a healthy way, but working out is definitely one of the best. (Proof: These 13 mental health benefits of exercise.) Supermodel Gisele Bündchen knows that too, and while we were well aware of her serious yoga game, she's been a little more sneaky about showing off her devotion to another workout: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The Brazilian beauty and Under Armour ambassador recently let us in on her secret, posting a video on Instagram of what can only be described as her kicking serious ass-and her trainer is on the receiving end of it.
Sure, it's all in the name of a fun sweat sesh-by the end of the video they're both cracking up-but after seeing those moves, one thing is pretty clear: We won't be getting in her way.
In her caption, Gisele touts MMA as one of the most fun ways to relieve stress, and that much seems obvious-after all, who wouldn't feel better after beating the sh*t out of something after a stressful day of deadlines? (Though there are even more reasons why you should give MMA a shot.) And it's obvious that you'll net a pretty decent cardio session while you're at it, not to mention work on improving your coordination and balance, flexibility, and overall power and strength. (Not enough? Here are more benefits of an MMA workout.) Add all of that to the perks you get from exercise in general, like a science-proven mind-clearing effect, and you've got a winning one-two punch. (See what we did there?)
But if it seems like MMA might be a little too hardcore for your taste, boxing (another model and celeb favorite) is always an option. You'll still get to feel like a badass, able to tone the same muscles, and get in a stress-reducing sweat session. "When you hit the bag, you release stress-reducing hormones that can make you feel calm and relieved," sports psychologist Gloria Petruzzelli, Ph.D., told SHAPE earlier this year. No matter what workout you choose, it's a good idea (as long as you are healthy) to exercise and blow off some steam if you're feeling angry, stressed, or sad.