Looking to combat stress? There’s no denying the fact that stress is a major problem in the lives of many. Often called the ‘silent killer’, too much stress on a regular basis can set you up for heart disease, diabetes, as well as depression.
It only makes sense, then, that you’d want to do your best to avoid it.
When most people think of stress-busting exercise, they immediately think of yoga – and for good reason. Yoga is all about paying attention to your breathing, turning your focus inward and clearing your mind.
Few people will come out of a yoga session not feeling completely stress-free.
It’s a great activity and is generally quite low intensity, so something you can do regularly to manage your stress level.
Ever heard of the runner’s high? It’s a real thing. When you perform prolonged cardio activity that elevates your heart rate and keeps it there, you’ll come to release stress-busting endorphins. Namely, serotonin. This endorphin will clear your mind, make you feel more in control, and help you achieve a stress-free state.
Many people who are addicted to running cite this runner’s high feeling as the reason they keep going back for more.
They start their run with a million things on their mind and end with a solution in mind to all that was stressing them out.
Weight lifting is the next stress busting exercise you’ll want to consider adding to your protocol if stress is an ongoing problem for you.
Many people find hoisting the heavy weight to be incredibly stress relieving as they can ‘take their stress out’ on the weights.
If you ever feel like you could punch a wall when you get agitated and stressed, you’ll likely find weight-lifting is the best route to go.
Another great way to kill stress with exercise is to simply turn up the music and dance. Whether you take an actual dancing class or just do this in the comfort of your own home, having fun while you get your heart rate up is one of the best ways to kill stress.
You might even just consider heading out for a night of dancing with your friends. Then you’ll also get the social-stress busting element added in as well.
Finally, the last stress busting activity to consider is rock climbing. This one can work as it is so focus-driven that it will take your mind off whatever is stressing you temporarily.
This freeing feeling can be great for relaxing your mind and helping you to see things from a different perspective later on.
Sometimes taking a step away from what’s stressing you is just what you need to reframe the issue and see the solution.
So next time you’re feeling stressed, try one of these exercises out. Do something positive to help combat stress and you’ll be enhancing your health in the process.