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Exercise: 3 Steps Towards Stress-Relief

November 15th, 2013 • Posted by Touch of Light Therapeutic Massage • Permalink

When you're tossed into a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, your body reacts with a full set of defense mechanisms. Your hormones increase, your body tenses and your mind becomes consumed with worry. While everyone handles stress differently, it's important to train yourself to fight stress in a healthy way. Don't reach for a tub of ice cream when you're stressed. Instead, consider any one of these stress-busting exercises.


Love it or hate it, the rhythmic motion involved in running can help you clear your mind. For some, it's less about the rhythm and more about running through the aggression. Pop your earbuds in and take a jog around the block to clear your mind and relax the tension built up in your muscles.


Yoga is all about breathing and listening to your body. During a stressful time in your life, a Yoga class is a great place to be. By breathing and embracing the meditation components, you'll kick stress to the curb. If you have a high stress life, consider attending a Yoga class on a regular basis. You'll be able to train your body to identify triggers and teach yourself how to work through stress.


Like Yoga, Pilates forces you to focus on just the muscles needed to exercise. By focusing on simple tasks, you'll clear your mind and release the grip of stress.

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