Tip: Do what your body was designed to do and struggles to operate fully without; move your hips, spine and shoulders in the most De-Stressing way – by walking.
How: Walk to work, walk on your lunch break, walk home from work. On weekends choose to walk alone, with family or a friend, but just do it. There is more time on the weekends for exercise so this is a great opportunity to extend your sessions. The more you do it, the more you’ll want to – take our word for it, we can’t get enough!
Why: Just a single walk in the park improved tension and depression in 90% of those surveyed according to a study by Mind, the mental health charity. ‘Depression is often the accumulation of stressful episodes that go unrelieved for prolonged periods,’ says Professor Paul Keedwell, author and clinical lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. ‘Regular exercise burns off the chemicals such as cortisol and adrenalin that we produce in stressful situations, so they don’t build up and over time contribute to depression.’
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