EXERCISE! We’ve all experienced it, a bad day at work or an overflowing home life, can all too often become too much. So, it’s no shocker to hear that 85% of UK adults are experiencing stress regularly . Now, we’re not here to tell you that exercise can help reduce stress, because that’s a well-known fact. We just want to give you some pointers and ideas to help spruce up your workout and battle that ball of stress head on.
Cardio is a great way to reduce physical stress; by blowing off steam and pushing that stress and anxiety out the window, not only will your muscles de-tense, you will sleep better for it too. Running improves the blood flow and the amount of oxygen travelling through your body helps to release endorphins  – the good stuff. These endorphins trigger your mood and can give you a more positive outlook and put you in a better mind space when undergoing tasks.
Why not give this a shot at the gym, hit the treadmill or the cycling machines? Or if you’re not an active gym-goer, head over to the local park and do a couple laps. For exercise which doesn’t include running, check out Men’s Health’s 20-Minute Cardio Workout.
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For those who find it difficult to go to the gym, fear not – there are other ways to help conquer the wall of stress.
Distract yourself with exercise – yeah, we said it. Switch the TV on, read a book, catch up with friends or blast some music at home, just as long as you’re combining your workout with things you find relaxing.
If you’re more of a spontaneous individual, keep a pair of trainers or a swimsuit and towel in the boot of your car. That way, if you’re out an about with time to spare, just say ‘screw it’ and dive right in. Did you know that swimming in the sea is also a great fighter against stress? The minerals within the sea help relieve irritability and increase feelings of calm. Through combining the benefits of exercise and the therapeutic effects of being in nature, you can combat stress.
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