We all know that exercise has great benefits for our bodies. Have you ever thought about the benefits it has on our minds and stress levels? Exercise plays a very important role in keeping our stress at bay. Exercise raises our endorphin levels (the feel-good chemicals), it improves sleep, and helps with depression and anxiety. We have put together a list of our favorite exercises and activities that help combat our stress. Let us know what helps keep your stress in check!
Yoga and Meditation–Want to experience the wonders of relaxation while still strengthening your body and mind? Give Yoga a try! The use of deep breathing stimulates relaxation, while the different poses and exercises concentrate on strengthening and lengthening your muscles. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and is very tranquil. Meditation helps you sort through your good and your bad thoughts and helps keep you centered.
Walking— Don’t feel like going out for a jog or run? Not a problem! You can still get a great workout in by walking. It’s very simple to do and requires no equipment. It releases tension, deepens your breathing, and gets you moving outside, which is quite relaxing. Grab a buddy to mix a little socialization into your exercise and you’ll be sure to kick that stress out of your life!
Stretching –This is a great way to wind down after an exercise, get rid of any of that left-over stress, and really relax. Stretching relieves tension not only in your muscles but in your mind as well. It’s a great way to de-stress. Stress causes your muscles to contract and tense up in all parts of the body. Stretching allows your muscles to relax and will eliminate some of that tension. It also is a nice break for your mind to concentrate on other thoughts than the stresses of our daily lives.
It’s important to take the time out of our day to concentrate on keeping yourself healthy and stress-free. Built-up stress can cause a lot of problems, so you must take action when it comes to your health. Exercise works wonders on your body and mind and will help you combat stress. Before reaching for stress medication, or engaging in harmful activities to ease your stress, try getting a good exercise in. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel!