Before we discuss the different types of exercises that can combat stress, it is important to understand that in order to benefit from exercise it has to be part of a regular routine. You can’t expect stress to just dissipate after a session of exercise—it calls for long-term commitment and a complete lifestyle change.
Here are some of the recommended exercises that can keep stress at bay:
● Walking. Walking not only lowers your stress levels, it is also great for your overall health… and your pocket.
● Jogging. Jogging basically helps increase your heart rate in a way that is beneficial to cardiovascular health. All you need is a comfortable pair of footwear and a safe path in which to jog.
● Swimming is a great stress-killing cardio workout without putting strain on your knees. You’ll need to have regular access to a swimming pool, though, to keep a routine.
● Weight training. Exerting effort to carry weights is an excellent avenue to release pent-up frustrations and anger.
● Hiking is another effective way to keep your stress levels low. The best part is that it does not really feel like an exercise, even if it gives you a total body workout.
● Yoga. Yoga helps you to relax, strengthen your muscles, and adopt a healthy posture.
● Sports. Playing sports is a great way to keep your stress levels in check.
● Exercising in the office. No time to get into sports or go to the gym? Take a 15-minute break to shake your stress away. Try this: sit up or stand straight, then stretch your arms to your side. Now, shake your hands vigorously for about 10 seconds while taking deep breaths. This helps release tense muscles in your neck and back.