5 Easy at Home Exercises to Help Manage Stress!
by Emily Educator ⋅ October 29, 2017
Managing the different stresses in your life isn’t always easy.
From dealing with friends, school, homework and work, on top of things like job, college, or university applications, stress can compound and negatively impact your life in a variety of ways. We’ve put together 5 at-home exercises that will help you manage stress, and help you get back to feeling like yourself! All you need is a little bit of time and space for you to do them in!
Push ups are a great way to relieve stress that require no equipment. If you’re just starting out, start out doing 3 sets of 5-10, and work your way up from there. You can also play with hand-placement to increase or decrease the intensity of the workout. This work out works: Arms, chest and shoulders.
Crunches are simple and under-appreciated in the workout world. Make sure you’re lying on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and your heels between 12”-18” away from your tailbone. Place your hands behind your head, and make sure this position is maintained throughout the exercise. If you’re just starting out, start with 3 sets of 20-30, and work your way up from there. This work out works: Abs.
For those of you who don’t do yoga, this will be new for you, but it is a great exercise that combines breathing techniques with your physical workout. Practicing breathing techniques with deep inhales and exhales is a great way to deal with stress. Don’t skip the cobra in your workout routine!
Lie on your stomach with your hands by your side, directly under your shoulders with your hands facing forward, and palms facing the floor. Extend your legs, and point your toes away from your body. Inhale and pull your chest away from the ground while keeping your hips stable. Make sure to hold this position for 15-30 seconds. Exhale as you slowly release your upper body back to the floor. Repeat! The breathing techniques will help relax you, and bring clarity to an overwhelmed mind.
If you don’t have a skipping rope, don’t worry! They are easy and inexpensive to acquire either at local sports stores, the salvation army, and even yard sales. You’d even be surprised to see what you have kicking around your house! Skipping rope is one of the best ways for a full body workout. It helps you concentrate and you can set goals in terms of how many jumps you do for how long. Don’t skip out on the benefits of skipping!
And Finally, Running!
You might not like to run, but we promise that you will learn to LOVE it! Running is one of the best ways to deal with stress and anxiety; it’s great for your cardiovascular and overall health; and it is a great way to tone and build muscle. Make sure you start out running short distances, try 1.5-2km if you’re just starting. Walk for brief periods of time if you need to, and don’t forget to stretch after. The more you run, the farther you’ll be able to go, and the more your body will rely on it as a way to help manage the stresses of everyday life.
Tip! If you experience any pain or discomfort from these workouts, don’t hesitate to contact a health professional, and if you’re struggling with anxiety, never be afraid to reach out for help!