Getting to the gym can be greatly de-stressing and helps curb stress eating too. But in times of great stress, do not try to out do yourself in the gym. Just do a regular workout and leave!
Breathing exercises: It’s a great way to reduce stress, shift the body from fight or flight state to rest and digest state i.e. a shift from sympathetic to parasympathetic nervous system.
Chinese martial arts: Tai Chi and movement exercises like Qi Gong are excellent ways to reduce stress as well as improve balance and coordination.
Kickboxing: Moves where you hit target pads, heavy bags are a good way to reduce stress as well as improve cardio-vascular fitness.
Mobility: This part of the training where you practice getting in and out of demanding postures tends to have a calming effect and reducing stress. Animal flow exercise routine is a good example of this.
Massage: A deep tissue massage can help ease the stress, and stiff neck and upper back and shoulders that stressed people often complain about. It’s a good idea to take one every month!
Kamal Singh is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who has been coaching for 15 years
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