If you feel stressed out, you're not alone! Just about everyone experiences stress, especially when the temperature is soaring and other life events ramp up in intensity.
Stress is normal, yet it can be alleviated through exercise. Physical activity decreases the human body's stress hormone known as cortisol.
Exercise also spurs the release of endorphins within the body. These are the “happy chemicals” that help your mind and body relax. Incorporate the exercises outlined below in your workout and you will feel a liberating sense of relief.
Enjoy a lengthy run and you will undoubtedly feel better. Your run will take your focus off the issues or stimuli that are stressing you out. If possible, go for an outdoor run. Running outdoors is optimal as connecting with nature helps to calm the brain and melt that nasty stress away. If it is too hot to head outdoors, hit the treadmill or run in place.
Kickboxing is a fantastic, on-trend means of eliminating stress. It is best defined as a combination of traditional boxing and martial arts. This intense workout burns calories much faster than most other forms of exercise. It also helps to maintain a high metabolic rate.
Kickboxing decreases stress as it forces you to learn nuanced breathing techniques during intense physical activity. Commit to regular kickboxing sessions and you will feel more relaxed and confident in your ability to defend yourself. This means you won't stress out as much about potential physical attacks when venturing outside on your own.
This ancient Chinese martial art provides wide-ranging health benefits including stress reduction. Tai Chi combines specialized breathing techniques with flowing physical movements.
It enhances muscular strength, boosts immunity, improves flexibility, relieves pain and promotes a sense of internal peace. This is exactly what you need to unwind after a stressful day.
Most people don't think dancing does much but provide an outlet for music-lovers to move to the beat. Dancing relieves stress, tones the muscles and maintains flexibility.
Turn on your favorite music, shut the door and dance your heart out. This is your chance to express yourself, be creative and eliminate all that built-up stress.
Dancing boosts your confidence and helps you establish a healthy mindset that you can carry forth for the rest of the day and beyond. Studies have even shown that dancing boosts heart health, builds muscle, strengthens bones and spurs weight loss.
Mix yoga into your workouts and you will feel an empowering sense of inner calm and balance. Yoga boosts flexibility and strength while promoting mental and physical relaxation. Give yoga a chance and you will learn all sorts of different poses, mindfulness and controlled breathing.
The Mayo Clinic reports the benefits of yoga include decreased stress, a lower heart rate and lower blood pressure.
The best part is that yoga can be performed by anyone in just about any environment. Yoga requires minimal space and has a very short learning curve. All you need is a yoga mat and a few feet of room. It takes a mere 15 minutes of yoga to reduce your stress and boost your physique.
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