People handle their stress in different ways. For some, it’s attacking their workout at 100% – going hard at the weights, sprinting until they are dead, or setting new personal records and breaking through old barriers. But for some, it isn’t the tenacity with which they go about their workout; it’s more the choice of actual exercises that help them find relief.
Not only do people handle stress differently, they also ‘store’ their stress in different areas. For those with a rounded over, kyphotic posture, pain in the neck, shoulders and head are not uncommon. If you’re bound to a desk day in and day out you this will probably resonate with you! Those on their feet all day often complain of tight calves, pain in their shins, and sore feet. Whatever your job, stress compounds the tightness in your muscles and can affect how you feel on a day to day basis. Alleviating this stress is possible with training, and the endorphin rush you get from a good training session is vitally important for not only your body but also your mind.
Add these exercise moves into your workout regime today and combat stress with physical exertion.
An article about working out would not be complete without a reference to squats. For many people, lifting a new weight, hitting a new maximum number of reps, or completing their squats in a quicker time than previously will melt away stress and leave them feeling euphoric and happy. Squats are a whole body exercise that will tone your bum, thighs, and hamstrings, whilst leaving you puffing in the process.
Deadlifts require attention to detail. You have to be concentrating and focused in order to perform deadlifts. However, the sheer action of pulling a dead weight (hence, deadlift) from the ground requires skill, strength, and more often than not, aggression. This makes it the perfect stress relieving manoeuvre. You are rewarded for your hard work however, with an exercise that works your entire body, especially your glutes, hamstrings, back, and core. It’s one of the best exercises out there for your overall health.
Box jumps involve jumping from a standing position onto a box of whatever height you choose. They are a fantastic combination of coordination, power development and balance. Like squats and deadlifts, they work all the right muscles and provide a challenge that when overcome provides a great visual achievement as well as leaving you breathless and sending your heart rate sky high.
More of a massage and stretching technique than a ‘huff and puff ‘exercise, thoracic extensions relieve tightness in your upper back, neck and shoulders. They are an essential part of any workout plan.
Lie face up over a foam roller, place your hands on the top of your head, and extend over the roller so your head is towards the floor.
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