When you exercise, your body releases stress-fighting hormones called endorphins. As little as 15 minutes of activity can be enough to flush your body with this calming chemical, which helps bring about feelings of well-being and contentedness.
It is worth noting, not all exercise is created equal when it comes to relieving anxiety. Here’s my pick of the best stress-busting activities anyone can incorporate into their life today.
When most people think of taking up a new exercise, they don’t picture themselves on a stroll. However, walking is a low-impact exercise that people of any fitness level can enjoy.
Getting together with a walking partner or joining a walking group is a great way to socialise and hit another one of the NHS’s top stress relievers, too.
To get the biggest stress-busting benefits from walking, get out in the great outdoors: walking among nature can increase your energy levels, improve the quality of your sleep, and help to reduce stress according to Live Strong.
Head to your nearest park, nature reserve, or beach to really benefit from this chronically under-appreciated exercise.
These three exercises will go a long way to relieving the stress and anxiety that come part and parcel with modern life. Make time for them in your weekly schedule and you’re sure to feel a lot more relaxed in no time.