Pilates to reduce stress

April 24, 2013

According to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, a little stress may not be all bad. While chronic stress may be harmful, acute (short-term) stress may boost our cognitive function. The key is in knowing when we’re too strung out for our own good. 

This quick questionnaire is a fun but crude stress measure that asks if you’ve divorced, started a new job, lost a close friend, etc. It disregards how you deal with these changes, e.g. assumes everyone who loses a loved one is equally stressed out. But still… Your score shows a rough estimate of your current stress level and the likelihood that you will have health problems due to stress in the next 12 to 18 months. 

Relax Partake in relaxation techniques like Pilates, yoga, taking a warm bath with Epsom salts, or doing breathing exercises. Relaxing activities like going for a walk, talking to a friend on the phone, or reading a good book are all great ways to prevent and alleviate stress. 

Exercise Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress but it may be the last thing on your mind when you’re dealing with all the stuff that causes you to stress out in the first place.  When you exercise, your body releases a wealth of hormones that help your to re-energise and relax. 

Pilates is designed to build your strength, flexibility and endurance. It is an anaerobic exercise and a great stress reliever. It also tones your body. Take classes at London Pilates Studio, your local gym or practise at home with a DVD. 

Get a pet  If you can afford the time and money required to maintain a happy and healthy pet, then go for it. It’s one of the easiest ways to deal with stress and anxiety.  Even the simply act of stroking or walking your pet can bring down your anxiety levels. 

Stress doesn’t have to be a constant problem in your life if you are able to recognize when things are becoming too much, and you then take preventative measures. Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re downright out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management.

Discover the connection between exercise and stress relief — and why exercise should be part of your stress management plan.n n

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