Best ex­er­cises to re­duce your stress

Isis Town and Country - - News - By LEANNE SHORTER

ONE IN 10 adult Aus­tralians feel stressed in at least one im­por­tant area of their lives, and one in two are very stressed.

That means there’s a 90% chance that you ex­pe­ri­ence stress, so I want to tell you how to beat it.

Ex­er­cise is an ex­cel­lent stress re­duc­tion tool, and this is true for sev­eral rea­sons:

It helps re­lease built-up ten­sion in the body;

It can give you a venue for re­leas­ing emo­tional ten­sion as well;

Ex­er­cise re­leases en­dor­phins and other “happy hor­mones” in your body, pro­mot­ing a feel­ing of well-be­ing; and,

Ex­er­cise helps over­all health and well-be­ing, which can also lessen your ex­pe­ri­ence of stress.

Some forms of ex­er­cise al­low you to be so­cial, which can also be great for stress re­duc­tion. Other forms of ex­er­cise can al­low you to get into a med­i­ta­tive state.

Ex­er­cise can also raise feel­ings of self-es­teem and bring other ben­e­fits that im­prove life qual­ity.

What you can do for stress re­lief:

Yoga is great for phys­i­cal health and flex­i­bil­ity, and it can also help you get into a med­i­ta­tive state.

Group ex­er­cise classes are great as a so­cial out­ing as well as a high-en­ergy way of deal­ing with stress lev­els.

Aqua aer­o­bics com­bines the sooth­ing prop­er­ties of wa­ter and the ben­e­fits of ex­er­cise. Swimming is also a great way to get in shape, cool off and feel great.

Stretch­ing fo­cuses your en­ergy on your mus­cles and will make you feel re­laxed.

Walk­ing is great and just about ev­ery­one can do it. Be­ing ac­tive out­doors and tak­ing in the scenery can also help keep your mind off stress­ful sit­u­a­tions. Take a walk on your lunch break, put lit­tle kids in a stroller and walk, walk in the morn­ing or when you get home at the end of the day.

Box­ing is a great way to re­duce ten­sion and re­lease emo­tional stress, too.

Next time you feel stress build­ing up inside, try one of th­ese ex­er­cises and see if it makes a dif­fer­ence.

Leanne Shorter is a regis­tered fit­ness trainer with Fit­ness Aus­tralia. You can con­tact Leanne at www.re­sis­tit­bands.com.

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