WALK FOR STRESS REDUCTION
All sensible cardiovascular exercise enhances immune function and improves heart health. But intense exercise can put our bodies under stress. So, on days when you’re feeling uptight, try a walk or a yoga class rather than adding to your stress by engaging in a high-intensity run.
“Unlike fast running, walking doesn’t create huge amounts of the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol,” says nutritionist Keris Marsden. “A 90-minute walk can boost your levels of the good-mood chemical serotonin by 100 per cent,” she reports.