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Best Exercises to Reduce Stress

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Stress is part of everyday living.  Because there’s no way to avoid it completely, everyone must learn how to cope with stress.  Relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga help relieve stress.  Many people have also come to realize that exercise reduces stress.  Exercise benefits not only the body but also the mind.  Before embarking on an exercise program to manage stress, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor first.

You may be wondering, how does exercise reduce stress?  When you exercise or engage in physical activity, the brain produces endorphins – neurotransmitters that make you feel good.  Physical activities such as tennis or dancing force you to focus on what you are doing, thus helping you forget about your worries and stress.

Exercises that Reduce Stress

Health experts tell us that virtually any form of physical exercise can help you relax and reduce stress levels.  As much as possible, engage in exercises that take you away from the source of your stress.  Many people find it relaxing to walk, bike, hike, swim, or dance.  Some people like to exercise on their own while others think it’s fun to join a group fitness class.  Below are some of the best exercises to reduce stress:

Recreational activities.

Sports and games are a lot of fun and can do a lot to relieve stress. Activities such as dancing, playing Frisbee, horseback riding, skating, jogging and walking are very enjoyable and can lift your spirits.  You can even join a sports team and play soccer, volleyball or basketball.  Competitive sports provide a way to bond with friends and meet new people.

If your work keeps you cooped up indoors for the most part of the day, choose recreational activities that take you outdoors.  The change in environment alone can boost your mood and enhance your sense of well-being.

Aerobic exercises.

Doing aerobic exercise is one of the best ways to get rid of stress.  Jogging, swimming, biking and aerobic dancing are just a few of the activities that can elevate your heart and breathing rates.  Aerobic exercise provides quick relief from stress.  Keep in mind that you need at least 20 minute of continuous and vigorous physical activity to reap the benefits of cardio exercise.


Pilates helps strengthen your core from which all of our body is connected. By strengthening  your core you can experience less stress in other parts of the body. Plus Pilates is a great work out that engages your whole body.


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