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. If you’re office bound and can tend to sit for hours, set a reminder or alarm to move every hour, even if just to the loo, up and down some stairs or pace around the room.
Wherever you can, 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 my word for it, I can’t get enough!
Walking towards great mood
“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.’
Regular country walks also get you on uneven terrain and away from pollution….. make them a feature of your weekends.
Also ensure you are moving regularly and building up fitness naturally, to remind your body why it needs to create energy. In this podcast, Charlene Hutsebaut – the fitness consultant for The De-Stress Effect – explains more about De-Stress Exercise.
See my retreats to get away from it all, de-stress and enjoy walking alongside yoga and mindfulness.