Do you know the benefits of exercise? Looking for a way of exercising that suits you? Do you know how fitness helps stress relief?
In fact, Margo’s sister, Gillian, has VERY strong feelings about the benefits of exercise. She thinks this should be the most important page in the whole DIY Stress Relief site! (That is her next to me on the bench. We are in Chianti, Italy – laughing!)
The WEB is packed with really excellent "how-to-exercise" sites...
I want to convince you to start! ...
And then do your own research on "how-to"; join a gym, buy a good pair of walking shoes, get a yoga mat, find a running partner... The options are as varied as the people. One important point – YOU MUST ENJOY IT!
I am going to suggest 4 ways...
Now that you are convinced that the benefits of exercise really do help with controlling stress, make some time for regular physical activity.
To make it simple, choose one of the categories of exercise that appeals to you...watching TV is NOT on the list!!
I love walking!...
I treat it as a meditation as well, and this really adds to the feeling of being calm and in control. As for walking - I can vouch for these stress-relieving benefits of exercise.
* Have you tried foam rolling? Bodywork of any type is an effective way to relieve stress. If done in a meditative fashion, foam rolling can be a body-mind exercise as well as treat your sore and overused muscles.
For a really effective stress-busting experience - don't try exercising in your office. Outdoors or away from the office is better. Even an office fitness centre can have too many work-related thoughts for some people.
If you are anything like me you might want to stay away from overcrowded classes. If you work surrounded by people, a big exercise class may be counterproductive. Exercising alone may be more relaxing for you. If, however, you work alone, you may enjoy the social benefit of exercise in a group. It must work for you!
Make a point of regular exercise. Ideally, do yourself a favour and take a break every 90 minutes. It seems that ninety-minute intervals are a natural work-break period. And four 10-minute exercise breaks every hour and a half will burn about as many calories as a solid 40-minute session. Work-break exercises can be as simple as climbing stairs, walking, stretching or doing calisthenics.
So what are you waiting for?...
Okay, okay... I know all the excuses! Use them myself everyday! Ouch!
My advice?... Start small and build your “exercise for stress-relief” routine into something you look forward to. You just might become addicted to the benefits of exercise!
And remember to BREATHE!!
Start your exercising programme and start living everyday better!