Wednesday, February 13, 2013
13 Strategies to Stay Fit During Stressful Times (6 of 13)
Work out with body weight.
Any time you move, your body is primed to release endorphins. E xercise is one of the best ways to ease stress and anxiety while
giving you a sense of confidence and mastery when other parts of your life feel out of control.
Kickboxing: If you allow stress to build up without letting off steam, you end up feeling irritated and angry enough to take it out on people who don't deserve it (even though the woman who cut you off on the freeway really did tick you off). Kickboxing is great for getting out your aggressions in a healthy way while feeling strong, powerful and in control. It also burns lots of calories and increases endurance.
Gentle Yoga: While sweating it out is great for stress, slowing down with yoga is another option simply because it combines so many stress-reduction techniques in one activity. Yoga is relaxing, like stretching workouts, but it takes you further with a focus on breathing, mind-body connection, meditating and, of course, stretching tight muscles. All you need is a few minutes and a few basic exercises.
Pilates: Pilates is like yoga in that it focuses on breathing, connecting to your body and improving how you carry yourself, making it a great choice for stress relief. Pilates also strengthens the core and the pelvic floor, which makes you stronger for other activities in your busy day. Just a few minutes with some fundamental exercises offers a distraction from daily worries and a chance to focus on your body.