WHILE the typical urge following a stressful day is go and blow off some steam, not everyone immediately thinks of hitting the gym.
Although long baths and meditations are also great ways to help you unwind, exercise has long been proven to release mood-boosting endorphins and will help get you in shape at the same time. So the next time you feel the world is getting you down, use some of that frustration to help you meet a new exercise goal and you’ll kill two birds with one stone.
However, not all workouts were created equal and there are some that are better than others for tackling stress in particular. Yoga usually tops the list as it combines mind and body exercises which focus specifically on relaxation. Not only does it help you to zone out but also reduces muscular tension and spasm that can build up from stress.
If yoga’s not your thing, maybe try Tai Chi instead. The ancient martial arts form is performed through a series of movements which aim to connect mind and body – promoting a sense of calm and serenity at the same time. Although peaceful in nature, Tai Chi is still a great work out as it engages your entire body while helping you to stay in the moment.
Kickboxing is also an effective way of getting rid of tension. What better way to shake off the day’s problems than by punching and kicking them out of your system? As the movements are performed with discipline, it promotes staying in control but can also be a rigorous workout at the same time. It also improves flexibility, balance and coordination.