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Fitness Calming Exercises To Help Manage Stress

There are countless stress factors that can have a daily, negative effect on your health and mental well-being. According to the annual “Stress in America” study conducted by the American Psychological Association, work deadlines, personal finances, and family obligations are listed among the top stressors for most Americans. However, in the same study, more than half of the survey par ticipants (53 percent) said that exercise or taking par t in some type of physical activity helped with managing their stress. Luckily, there are many different exercises and methods for you to try if you are feeling a little anxious and overwhelmed. Even if you already have a regular workout routine, these workouts for stress relief are a great way to switch things up and re-energize your body and mind: YOGA Over the years, this discipline has become increasingly popular because it is a soothing way to relieve stress while also strengthening the body. Breathing control, simple meditation and taking on specific bodily postures help you to feel centered and less stressed after each session. Also, an added bonus is that you can be of any age or fitness level to practice and benefit from yoga.

A study released in January 2018 by the American Heart Association (AHA), reported that “middle-aged couch po- tatoes” can reduce or reverse their risk of heart failure associated with having a sedentary lifestyle for decades. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study showed that by participating in regular aerobic exercise training over a two-year period, you can help slow down the aging process and make your heart pump stronger if you are in a certain age range. The 53 study participants, ages 45-64, were healthy but inactive, many work- ing in sedentary jobs. The study found that those who followed a regular aer- obic exercise regimen of working out four-to-five times a week for two years showed significant improvements in how their bodies used oxygen, in addi- tion to showing signs of decreased car- dio stiffness - signs of a healthier heart. Aerobic exercise was identified as any sustained activity such as swimming, jogging, or walking that strengthens the hear t and helps the body use oxygen effectively.

PILATES Similar to yoga, Pilates exercises place emphasis on your body’s core to strengthen muscles, improve posture and flexibility, and enhance mental awareness.The motion of the exercises release tension in the muscles and the breathing techniques used help to create calmness within you. MEDITATION This method might not get your hear t rate up and make you sweat, but the physical benefits are still there. Many people have star ted to incorporate meditation in their daily lives. Health professionals claim that meditation increases self-awareness, happiness, acceptance, and encourages a healthy lifestyle. This practice can also slow the aging process and improve cardiovascular and immune health. To get star ted in the practice of one or more of these calming exercises, check to see if classes are offered at your local health center, gym or community recreation center or you can purchase a DVD or streaming video that can also help you to get star ted.

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