We are all familiar with the stress of the holidays an luckily there are several options that help you cope! The benefits of exercise are numerous, including improving overall heart health, helping the body fight infections, improving sleep patterns and reducing stress/anxiety. Exercise releases endorphins, which are nature painkillers and can help reduce overall levels of tension in the body. Studies recommend low to moderate intensity exercise to raise energy levels and reduce stress.
Beneficial Types of exercise for stress relief:
Poses utilized in yoga help to improve strength and flexibility of the muscles. Breathing in yoga is utilized to control the body and quiet the mind. Beginning yoga includes gentle stretching and basic low intensity strengthening activities for exercisers at any level.
- Tai Chi
A graceful, gentle form of movement performed along with deep breathing and a focused mind. The motions flow together, promoting mediation and relaxation of the mind.
Tai chi is low impact with little to no stress on the joints and is performed at the exercisers pace, making it safe for most individuals.
Getting outside or on a treadmill, walking is one of the simplest and most beneficial exercises as it improves cardiovascular health, is low impact on the joints, and can be performed with a partner. Start with short walks, aiming to get the blood pumping for 20 min to release endorphins and reduce stress levels.
For other recommendations, talk to one of our licensed therapists in the Clermont 34711 area!