The Best Stress-Relieving Exercises for You

Kick stress to the curb with the best exercises for reducing anxiety, increasing energy and burning calories.

If you’re suffering from sleepless nights, reduced concentration or anxiety over everyday worries, stress is probably the culprit. And despite the joy that the holiday season can bring, your seemingly endless to-do list will only make your stress levels worse.

If this sounds like you, it’s time to get moving. Regular exercise can help reduce anxiety levels, increase endorphins and put you in a better frame of mind for tackling all those holiday tasks. Try one or more of these popular stress-relief exercises (and always consult a doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen).

Yoga involves a series of moving or stationary poses combined with deep breathing, which is great for stress relief. As an added bonus, it also naturally strengthens your core. To get started, look for beginner yoga classes nearby, or search for an online video tutorial.

Tip: Feeling more like bingeing your favourite TV show than hitting the yoga studio? Keep a gym bag near your front door so you feel more motivated to choose the healthier habit. Pack it with your yoga pants, a workout shirt and Secret Deodorant Invisible Spray to combat sweat and odour.

T’ai Chi
While its roots are in martial arts, T’ai Chi is similar to yoga. Its flowing movements and breathing techniques will calm your mind while conditioning your body. Look for a class or group that meets regularly. Getting involved with a class can provide support and encouragement, and can pave the way for new friendships. Once you learn the moves in class, you can do them in your living room or backyard, too.

A run around the neighbourhood is a straightforward way to get your blood pumping, but if you’re new to running, take it slow at first. Search online for a running program that slowly builds your endurance by interspersing intervals of running and walking. Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran runner, the change of scenery and fresh air can be fabulous distractions. Running and other forms of physical activity also release feel-good hormones called endorphins – hence, what we call the “runner’s high.”

Tip: Keep your running clothes clean and odour free by washing them in Tide PODS Plus Febreze Odor Defense. For a fresh scent while you work out, add Downy Fresh Protect In-Wash Odor Shield to the load – with motion-activated fresheners that neutralize bad odours, it’s like deodorant for your clothes! If your clothes can go through the dry cycle, add a Bounce with Febreze Scent Spring & Renewal dryer sheet to fight static and reduce wrinkles.

If you’re craving an intense calorie-busting workout and enjoy a variety of exercises, bootcamp or personal trainer sessions are a great option. The one-on-one time with a trainer can be a terrific motivator – under a good trainer’s guidance, you’ll exercise harder and smarter.

Kickboxing or Martial Arts
A kickboxing or martial arts class reduces stress while providing a fun workout. This full-body workout can improve your coordination, give you better posture and boost your confidence levels. Plus, it’s a great calorie burner!

How do you de-stress during the holidays? Share your top tips in the comments section.


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