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3 Easy Stress Relief Exercises You Should Try, Starting Today!

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If you suffer from chronic stress, you may have been told time and again to exercise, but are there any easy stress relief exercises you can do?

Having a tennis match with your buddy from work may actually stress you out more!! Why? Because of the competitive nature of the sport.

What you really want to do is to engage in easy stress relief exercises that give you an outlet to release stress. The wrong exercise will not help you.

You may try a long walk, but the thoughts keep circling around your mind like a never-ending carousel.

Soon, you’re circling back home to finish the 24 new tasks that you thought up while on the walk.easy stress relief exercises

Exercise is undoubtedly a powerful relaxant. But finding easy stress relief exercises can be the challenge.

When your muscles are used correctly, they remain loose instead of restricted by spasm. This means better sleep, which means less stress.

Tips For Getting Started With Easy Stress Relief Exercises

So, how do you get this whole exercise thing going?

Your first step is to go for a massage.

Yes, you read that right. Get someone to help relax your muscles first – go for two massages, if necessary.

Massage releases serotonin, the chemical mood- and sleep-regulator.

You’ll feel better in body and in mind, and you’ll find that your attempts at exercise are far more productive.

Regular walking is, of course, a no-brainer, but if that’s not for you, these are 3 easy stress relief exercises.

1. Walk in a pool

I love walking for exercise, but I recently learned about walking in a pool. This is an unusual but highly effective way to relax your muscles.

If you have access to a community pool, try it right away.

All you have to do is go down to a level where the water reaches just under your collar bone. Your head should be well above.

Now walk forwards across the pool so that you keep the same depth throughout.

The water creates resistance which will help work your muscles out.

Also, your body feels much lighter in water, so you do far more exercise than you think. Do that five times and when you’re done, start walking backwards.

Some people use a water noodle. It gives you something to hold on to and serves as a guide to walk a straight(ish) line.

Don’t attempt too much at one go!!

It may feel easy, but it can be tough on your muscles when you get out of the water. A bonus of this exercise is the relaxing sound of water.

2. Pilates

This is a set of exercises that stretch your muscles in small, deep movements.

You can either do mat Pilates (which is just what it sounds like) or use machines called reformers. Pilates is similar to yoga in that it is a mind-body workout.

You’ll get the maximum benefit if you follow the breathing rhythms for each type of exercise.

It works on building your core muscles and aligning your pelvis and spine. It also strengthens your back muscles. All this leads to a great posture.

A lot of the tiredness we experience today comes from our inability to hold ourselves up properly by using the right muscles.

A bad posture saps our energy largely because we don’t rely on the correct muscles to help us.

That’s why even sedentary jobs take so much out of us.

Pilates also tones your muscles beautifully, giving you a great-looking body. Now imagine what that does for your stress levels!

3. Dancing

Dance like no one is watching, dance to household chores, dance off your frustration – just dance.

If you don’t believe how much energy you work off by moving to music, wear a Fitbit. Actually any kind of activity tracker would work.  You’ll be amazed how much energy ( and stress) you work off by dancing.

You can take a class if you want to learn a style of dance. But if you just want the workout, start making those playlists now.

You’ll benefit in these two ways:

  • Enjoy the elation and release listening to your favorite music;
  • The exercise will release serotonin. This is the chemical that helps you get things done.

If your main cause of stress is work, it’s a good idea to add dancing to your exercise regime.

Exercise is essential for everyone!  However, if your focus for the moment is reducing stress, try the easy stress relief exercises above.

Stay away from anything competitive.

Your aim is to have a good time while giving your body and mind a break from the rat race.

So which one of these 3 easy, enjoyable stress relief exercises will you try?

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  1. I needed to read this so bad. I have been feeling terrible and part of the problem is I have become far too sedentary. I need to start dancing again. Dancing is easy and it feels good.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Dancing is so much fun, and it’s amazing how many tension you burn off and how many calories you burn just dancing and having fun. I love ZUMBA, but even just popping some of my favorite music in a player and dancing around the house works wonders for my mood AND my waistline. Start dancing again Michelle!!! 🙂

  2. I am a big believer in therapeutic deep tissue massage- it has done a lot for my back issues. Years ago I did water walking but realize, reading your post, that the water was not deep enough. This is the one I would try again by returning to our local YMCA.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Oh…I am big FAN of deep tissue massage too…it works wonders on all the knots that sometimes develop in my neck, shoulders, and back…especially a hot stone massage. But a really good massage can be expensive. Walking in a pool on the other hand, is excellent for stress relief and weight loss and is FREE or very affordable if you have to pay a small fee to use a community pool. Try it again in neck deep water Alana, and let me know how it worked for you!

  3. Me! I love long walks and dance and yoga classes…but I want to try pool walking…my condo community has an indoor one, open year round! Thanks for the nudge, Darlene!

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      That sounds perfect Joan. An indoor condo community pool is ideal for pool walking, as long as it’s deep enough (neck deep). I promise you, this low-impact water walking exercise will “wash away” stress and tension…and help you sleep like a baby too! 🙂

  4. I had to give up Pilates….somehow I bruised my coccyx. My favorite exercise is kick-boxing. That gets the frustration out like nothing else, my imagination is ripe in that class.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Sorry to hear that you bruised your coccyx ( aka tailbone) with Pilates, Bryce. Kick-boxing sounds like a GREAT way to get frustration and tension out of your system. 🙂

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