Undoubtedly, the number of people experiencing stress and anxiety during quarantine due to the Coronavirus are increasing by the day. Many people’s lives have been turned upside down as they now find themselves working from home, homeschooling their children, or perhaps without work at all. Others, whose jobs are deemed as essential, like medical workers, are still required to go to work.
Regardless of what situation you find yourself in, exercise is one of the most effective ways to deal with and handle stress and anxiety. There are a few reasons why working out can reduce your stress and anxiety levels including:
This form of exercise also serves as a form of meditation which can also be a great way to reduce stress. Additionally, yoga practitioners experience a variety of physical benefits such as improved circulation, better flexibility, and a stronger core. Regular yoga sessions can help reduce the chances of high blood pressure and heart disease. All of which can be beneficial if you are experiencing stress or anxiety.
Running, cycling, and swimming are all different forms of cardio exercise that are great for your heart and lungs.These types of workouts can be most effective for stress management especially if you start your days off by going for a run or using a treadmill, elliptical, spin bike, rower or other cardio equipment in your home.
Martial arts can range from karate to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, all of which are effective ways to reduce anxiety and stress through exercise. Even if you aren’t trained in martial arts, you can pull up a YouTube video that teaches you how to practice. Martial arts require discipline which can be very meditative and calming.
Similar to Yoga, Pilates is a great stress reliever. Pilates also tones your body, which in turn helps you look good and feel better.