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August Fitness Tip

August 17th, 2021

Relieving Stress

Looking to relieve stress? Different types of exercise, from tai chi to biking, can lower stress while supplying other benefits. You're sure to find an option that fits your lifestyle.

Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress.

“When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are hormones that fight stress,” says Frank Lupin, MS, ATC, PES, a certified athletic trainer and a personal trainer for Coordinated Health in Bethlehem, Pa.

“Exercise helps you get your mind off your problems and clears your head,” adds Thomas Plante, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Santa Clara University in California. Here are eight different kinds of exercise that can heighten energy and provide stress relief.

High-energy activities can be helpful in relieving stress. The benefits of aerobic exercise — like running, dancing, spinning, and in-line roller-skating — include an increased heart rate. When your heart rate is accelerated, your body releases endorphins, natural opiates that make you feel good with no side effects. High-energy activities help you feel better physically and mentally. Just be sure to check with your doctor before starting any high-intensity workouts.

However, not all exercise has to require high-energy. Yoga, an excellent stress-relief exercise, involves a series of moving and stationary poses, or postures, combined with deep breathing. A mind-body exercise, yoga can strengthen your body’s natural relaxation response and bring you into a healthy balance. For stress relief, do gentle yoga or yoga for beginners — popular “power yoga” classes may be too intense if your main goal is to ease stress.

Interested in trying yoga? Join our SilverSneakers Yoga Class at Turnstone on Mondays at 9 AM in the Large Group Fitness Room. Contact a Fitness Specialist at 260.483.2100 for more information. 

Source: Everyday Health

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