Exercise and a healthy diet is the perfect combination to fight stress. It is a wholesome activity not for stress alone but for a healthy living and wellness existence as a whole, physically, mentally and gradually - spirituality.
COPING WITH STRESS: EXERCISE (SERIES 4 - CONCLUSION)
This is the conclusion of the Coping with Stress: Exercise. I hope this series can remind everyone to gradually add some of this program in their lifestyles and automatically, the benefits will follow.
Thighs Exercise: Sit on the floor with your back straight, your hands on the floor to your sides and slightly behind you with your arms straight to support your body. Keeping your right leg relaxed, straighten your left leg, point your toe, and slowly raise it up about a foot off the ground. Lower the leg and repeat ten times. Switch legs and repeat ten times with your right leg. Remember to keep your back straight as you do this exercise.
For Inner Thighs: Sitting in the same position as in the "Thighs" exercise with your legs extended straight out in front of you, lift your left leg a few inches off the floor, point your toe, and slowly move it out to the left. You'll feel a nice stretch on the inside of your thigh. Bring your leg back to the starting position, and repeat ten times. Switch legs and repeat ten times with your right leg.
For Outer Thighs: Lie on your left side, your left arm bent at the elbow so that your hand supports your head, your legs stacked on top of each other. Make sure that your back is straight, and tilt your pelvis slightly toward the floor. Bend your bottom leg at the knee and keep this leg relaxed. Straighten your top leg, toe pointed, and raise it up as far as you can. You want to keep your leg straight as you raise it so that the outer thigh is parallel with the ceiling. Lower your leg and repeat ten times. When you do this exercise, pretend that there is a weight on your outer thigh and resist against it as you raise your leg. This will maximize the benefit to your muscles. Do ten repetitions and then lie on your opposite side and work your opposite leg.
Salute-to-the-Sun yoga posture is a complete exercise for everyone to fight stress everyday.
Aerobic exercise daily
? Walk in the park or beach
? Participate in sporting events like fun run, tennis, volleyball and others.
? Ride a bike.
? Tai Chiai, Qigong or some other form of martial arts
An Exercise for the Neck
When you are stressed, often the first place you feel it is your neck.
? With your right hand, reach over your head and behind your left ear, grasping your neck with your fingers. Pull your head gently toward your right shoulder.
? Follow the same exercises, but this time use your left hand to pull your head toward your left shoulder.
\? Clasp your hands behind your head, with your elbows flared and your head bowed toward your chest. Relax in this position for 30 seconds. Then while pulling down with your hands, slowly push your head back until you are looking at the ceiling.
? Place the palm of your left hand on your forehead, with the bottom of your palm at the bridge of your nose. Hold your right arm across your body so that you can rest your left elbow on your right wrist. Now push against your left palm with your forehead while keeping your right arm locked. Switch hands and repeat.
Conclusion: Exercise and a healthy diet is the perfect combination to fight stress. It is a wholesome activity not for stress alone but for a healthy living and wellness existence as a whole, physically, mentally and gradually - spirituality.
Ronthoughts Journal – General Exercise