Seven Stress-Relieving Exercises You Should Definitely Try

Did you know? That exercise is one way to relieve stress? When you do exercises, your body releases endorphins that take away stress and anxiety, making you happier and livelier throughout the day. So if ever you’re having a bad day, then go to the nearest gym in your town and pick from these seven stress-relieving exercises.

  1. Yoga
  2. Most people go for intense and extreme exercises for the sake of relieving stress. However, for those who want to opt for a calmer and easier way, yoga is your best bet. Yoga helps you calm your mind, enhances your breathing, and helps you find your way to serenity (the state of being calm). Not only it calms your mind, but it also helps in improving your flexibility and posture as well.

  3. HIIT
  4. And now, for those who go beyond the extreme, HIIT exercises is definitely the one for you. For those who don’t know, HIIT exercises consist of vigorous exercises with rests in between them. Since the exercises are shorter than average, they are high in intensity to compensate for its short duration. Once you attend HIIT classes, you will be too occupied on the training itself, making you forget all your stress and worries away.

  5. Boxing
  6. We tend to box our anger and anxieties inside so why not hit the gym and box it away? Boxing is a great way to reduce stress while getting some exercise at the same time. Not only that, but it also teaches you some new skills as well most especially about self-defense. Punching as hard as you can stimulate endorphins, which helps making you feel better in an instant. That’s why some people that are stressed or lonely do boxing and think that the punching bags are their problems, be it their ex, a people they don’t like, or a toxic friend, you name it.

  7. Tai Chi
  8. This is a gentle and meditative exercise that can really relieve stress out of your mind and body. It’s based on the concept of “qi”, which means the flow of energy, and works to balance both your physical and mental state. Doing this exercise will help you to be calm and peaceful afterward.

  9. Group Training
  10. Workouts are better with friends. So whatever exercise you’ve been doing such as HIIT, Zumba, or Aerobics, bring a friend with you and share the fun. Being surrounded by people and doing workouts together can brighten your mood and helps you to feel better.

  11. Desk Stretches
  12. There are times where you are too stressed out at work leaving you no time to hit the gym at all. But did you know? That your desk is the perfect tool for your much-needed exercise? Yes, they are! And here are some desk exercises that you can follow:
  13. Pec stretch – You can do this one either being seated or standing. To start, bring your arms behind your head. Clasp your fingers and bring your elbows back as far as you can and squeeze. Hold it for a few seconds and release tension afterward. Repeat as much as you can until you feel better.
  14. Seated Twist – Remain seated while your feet are placed on the ground. Twist your body from left to right while holding it for 5 seconds in each twist. Repeat if necessary.
  15. Toe Touch – Stand up with your feet shoulder-width apart. Stretch your hands upward as if you’re reaching for the ceiling. After doing so, fall forward to touch your toes. If you can’t, then it’s okay, just stretch it however far you can reach. When done, inhale, stand up, and swing your arms above again and repeat until you feel relaxed.

  16. Running
  17. Lastly, one of the easiest and best way to relieve stress is by running. That’s why a lot of people tend to go outside for a run whenever they feel down or stressed. So no matter indoors or outdoors (via treadmill), cast your stress away by running.

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