Stress-Busting Exercises to try at Home
Posted: Sun, 31 Oct 2021 07:45
The 1st of November marks the start of International Stress Awareness Week and at ActiveHW we want to help people recognise the incredible benefits exercise can have on our mental wellbeing as well as our physical health, and encourage everyone to be that little bit
All forms of exercise from walking to netball to dance helps get your blood flowing and your body releasing feel-good chemicals, hence is effective at improving mood and alleviating stress. Our team at ActiveHW want to share our favourites that have been proven to be more effective at reducing stress!
- Boxing - Why not punch the stress away? Boxing is a much-overlooked exercise; it helps to improve cardio stamina, endurance, balance, and coordination, as well as being a sport that everyone, regardless of age, gender or fitness level can take part in and enjoy. Furthermore, boxing brings natural tension relief, helping to control feelings of stress
- Yoga - Yoga is a popular choice for stress relief among many due to the focus on the present, taking your mind away from anything else that may be going on. Several studies show yoga as being an effective form of stress and anxiety management.
- Walking - Not only is walking an effective stressbuster and all round great exercise, it is also easily incorporated into our day, no matter how busy we are. We recommend a morning walk before walk, particularly if you have a dog that will also benefit from getting out first thing!
- Running - Endorphins (our feel good chemicals) and hormones a released when you exercise, particularly when running. These help to ease anxiety and stress. Regular running or jogging can have so many other benefits for the whole body; from improved circulation improving memory, sleep, concentration, and reducing risks of dementia, to strengthened joints and muscles.
- Swimming - As well as being a fantastic exercise that helps to strengthen and tone the entire body, and being an easily accessible activity, swimming is can also be a low-impact exercise that helps to improve mental health too! Being in water is very peaceful and relaxing to many, helping to alleviate stress