How you move and how you feel are inextricably linked. Physical activity is one of the most effective ways to manage stress. According to research, however, only 14% of Americans exercise regularly for stress management. Of those individuals, approximately 29% walk, 10% run, and 11% do yoga.
What people may not realize is how beneficial even a little bit of movement can be. Even simple stretching can do wonders for stress relief. If you’re looking for a place to start, here are some recommendations.
Neck Stretch for Stress Relief
Sit in a chair with your feet firmly planted on the floor.
Tilt your head to the right, as if you are going to lay your right ear on your right shoulder. You should feel a good stretch in the left side of your neck. Hold for a count of 30 and release, returning your head to its original upright position.
Do the same for the left side.
Next, drop your chin to your chest, feeling the stretch through the back of your neck. Drop your shoulders slightly to feel the stretch through your shoulders as well.
Finally, tilt your head back and hold it for about 45 seconds, then return to the starting position.
Back Stretch for Stress Relief
Sit in a chair, cross your arms, and hold on to the chair arms. Slowly lean back, but don’t let go of the chair arms. Feel the stretch in your upper back.
To get a good stretch in your lower back, bend from the hips and let your arms dangle in front of you. Try to touch your toes if you can. If you can’t, just put your hands on your ankles or knees for support. Allow yourself to feel that stretch. Hold for 45 seconds.
Exercise for Stress Relief
Getting outdoors and moving is one of the best things you can do for overall health, especially when you are stressed. If you do not have an exercise regimen, you can still work off some of your stress just by regularly walking and remembering to incorporate your stretches. You may also benefit from yoga or Pilates since both incorporate stretching.
These recommendations are just the beginning. EHE Health can help you manage stress and achieve your other health goals. Learn how to eat, think, and move for optimized health, productivity, and longevity. The first step is booking an appointment.