Best exercises to reduce your stress
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.