If you’ve been under a lot of stress lately and you are looking for a way to relieve it, it’s probably a good idea to hit the gym. Exercise is by far one of the best ways to reduce and eliminate stress. Although it’s true that just about any kind of exercise will relieve stress, there are five exercises in particular that will slap the stress right out of you. So before you get stressed out from too much reading, I’ll get right to it. Here are five exercises that relieve stress.
Sprinting: Sprinting is a great high endurance exercise. It gets the heart pumping fast and works the largest muscle group in your body, your legs. It doesn’t take very long to start to feel the effects of sprinting, so if you’re looking for exercise that you can do in very little time to relieve stress, sprinting is great choice.
Long Jogging: Sprinting is a high intensity workout, so it requires a certain level of fitness to be able to do it in the first place without hurting yourself. If you’re not up to par for sprinting, you can do a 20 – 30 minute jog instead. It’s all about getting the heart pumping and the oxygen flowing. Or maybe you can handle sprinting, but you just prefer the serenity of a long jog and soaking up the scenery. Either way, a long jog is a great stress reliever.
Boxing: What better way to let the stress out than by punching something, right? You don’t have to spar with an opponent to get the effects of boxing either; a simple punching bag will suffice. Once again, this is a high intensity workout that will get your heart pumping fast and get the oxygen circulating through your veins. It’s also great for releasing anger.
Yoga: If you’re looking for a more mellow approach to stress relief, try doing some yoga. Yoga focuses heavily around breathing exercises, which force you to use your lungs to their fullest potential, fueling the body with lots of oxygen. The meditation aspect of yoga is also very soothing and relaxing.
Circuit Training: Circuit training is when you do a series of exercises one after another with little to no rest. A typical circuit consists mostly of weight lifting exercises and exercises that challenge you to use your own body weight as resistance. Circuit training is very high endurance and has both anaerobic and aerobic benefits. Circuit training is very popular amongst professional athletes, especially fighters because of how challenging it is on the body. Putting your body through this kind of laborious activity gets the adrenaline pumping quickly, which releases lots of endorphins in the brain.