It’s probably not the first, or the last time you’ll hear that exercise is good for you. You’ve read it online, in books, magazines, scientific studies, and from you parents. You’ve also noticed that stress is inevitable at some point or another. This is undeniable. Fortunately, exercise and stress relief are correlated in a positive way. Extensive research has shown that exercise is a proven way to reduce stress. How? Researchers found that working out reduces cortisol and adrenaline, two major hormones which have been linked to stress. Not only does a workout reduce cortisol and adrenaline, but it also aids in the production of endorphins which are considered to be the “happiness hormone” and help the mind relax. While any type of physical activity is good, below you will find the activities that are considered the best when trying to reduce stress.
- Yoga is the perfect workout for stress relief. It mixes elements of physical and mental strength for an all around exhausting, yet relaxing workout.
- Running is a great way to get your heart going, and any activity that can make your heart rate go up is great for the release of endorphins.
- Tai Chi
- Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi, like yoga, mixes elements of mind and body for a completely restorative and relaxing activity.
- Dancing doesn’t have to be reserved for Friday nights. Turns out that jamming out to your favorite tunes not only gets your heart rate up, but also allows for creative expression and self-expression.
- Last but not least, Pilates, like Yoga and Tai Chi combines muscle crunching movements with measured breathing to create the ultimate workout.
These aren’t the only workouts that will relax you, by any means. Even just taking a walk would release stress compared to doing nothing. So get out and get moving, not only will you look better but you’ll feel better too!
Written by: Nicole Woroszylski