There is a wide range of general exercises that you can engage in, but finding the right form to meet your specific need is essential. Aerobic exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling, walking, gardening, spin classes, and dancing, have been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Tai chi, qigong, karate, Pilates, and yoga train your body to be resilient and flexible and promote feelings of serenity, in turn relieving physical and mental tension. Dancing on the other hand lowers your risk of developing dementia as your brain is constantly challenged when you learn new steps. It also helps you connect with other people – a needful escape from your troubles.
Boxing, followed by rest, is one empowering way to release aggression, stress, and anger. If hitting a punching bag isn’t for you, you can take up circuit training or resistance training classes. The two increase blood circulation to your brain, improving your mood and putting you in a better position to handle stress. They also help improve cognitive behavior. You can as well try out progressive muscle relaxation to relax tight, tense muscles; allowing your body to dissipate stress. You can learn the routine or listen to pre-recorded instructions to guide you through this. Perfect after a hectic day.
3. Role of Exercise in Uplifting your Mood
Engaging in low-intensity aerobics, researchers have found results in the release of endorphins also known as the feel-good hormones as they lift your mood. The ripple effect of endorphin production is that your memory is improved over time. When you feel good, everything is clearer, you think more sharply, you remember things more easily; which allows your productivity to blossom, without you feeling the need to cuss capitalism out every 2 minutes because you are unable to focus.