Monday, 16 March 2015

Exercise for Stress Relief

Believe it or not – the root cause of all problems is stress. Is that IT, you ask? Yes, indeed. Most doctors try to advise us not to stress out on smaller things in life but we take it for granted that the cause is more serious than it seems. This five letter word is capable of causing havoc in our bodies and consequently send our recovery process out of the window. This is why it is so important to relieve yourself of the day to day stress through exercise.

For people who take stress, anything can send them spiraling down. Even where to exercise or how to find time for any exercise (this is a classic). Don’t worry if there is no gym nearby or you don’t have a yoga mat. These things are trivial and are not absolutely essential. You can always get around these excuses if you have the will.
Make up your mind - If you leave your house at 8 am for work and return only at 8 pm, get up early in the morning at 6 am and fit in a short workout before you head to work. If you are not a morning person, then exercise as soon as you come home. In that case make sure you eat something light 40 minutes prior to leaving work. You will be tired but doing something is better than nothing.

Meditation – it is not as complicated as some of us believe. Just inhale and count to 5, hold your breath and count to 3. Now exhale and count to 8 and then hold your breath for 1 count. Repeat this until you feel better.

Occupational Therapy – Half day into work and already feeling exhausted? Try some basic stretches sitting in your chair. Stretch your neck, shoulders and arms, rotate your back and most importantly, blink!

Cardio – Running outside or on the treadmill is ideal. If you feel you are not able to push yourself hard enough, listen to motivating music or dance beats while running. The numbers on treadmill are slowing you down? Watch videos and movies as you run and before you know it you will go from being a couch potato to running 5 kilometres!

Food – An important element in stress relief but only when taken in a balanced proportion. We can very easily overeat when we are stressed and give hundred reasons why we have the right to indulge. However, you crave for carbohydrates and fatty foods when we are stressed and that food is only going to slow you down.

Read for pleasure – And the morning newspaper or the political/business magazine does not count it. Grab something light and entertaining – look at only pictures if you don’t wish to process the content. It will help take your mind off stressful deadlines or arguments you have had with someone earlier that day. Best time to unwind with a book is before bedtime.

So to keep calm, you have to exercise. As simple as that!

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