Are you having trouble relaxing or finding relief for chronic pains? If you answered “yes”, you’re not alone. In fact, in our modern-day society, it seems as if we’re dealing with more and more of this with our sedentary lifestyles. However, there are exercises you can partake in that will greatly help find you relief and relaxation and it will cost you just a few minutes of your time. We know you’re looking forward to getting started, so let’s jump right in.
- Vibration Machines
Vibration machines are growing in popularity due to their affordability and effectiveness. These work through constant vibrations on the footpad (where you stand) or the vibration platform. They cause the muscles in your body to contract quickly, which can help burn excess body fat and strengthen/tone muscles.
Not only that, but they’ve been proven to boost metabolism and circulation, as well as help develop balance and coordination. You can use it in a variety of different ways. If you’re recovering from an injury or surgery then you can simply stand on it and start to reap benefits. If you’re more active already, you can ramp up the intensity and do strength exercises such as squats or weightlifting on top of that.
All you need is 10 to 15 minutes per day, a few times per week to start seeing results.
Yoga is an incredible practice that has taken the world by storm – and for good reason, too! Yoga combines just about everything into one, and it’s incredibly accessible. Yoga mats are very affordable, and there are plenty of yoga routines available for free online!
The practice will help develop your strength and balance rapidly, but it’s also great for improving your endurance and clearing your mind. It’s even been shown to help reduce stress levels and symptoms of anxiety and depression. If you aren’t feeling so great and want a quick pick me up, then open up a yoga lesson, lay down your mat, and get to it! You only need 15 to 30 minutes out of your day and you’ll start feeling better.
Why not get outside and benefit from the mood-boosting effects that the sun and fresh air can have on the body? If you have a bike just laying around collecting dust, it’s time to hop on and take it for a few spins! Cycling is the perfect form of exercise to help provide relief and relax the mind. It’s a monotonous activity that doesn’t require much thinking, allowing you to clear your mind of stressors and take a step away from the screens that make up such a large part of our lives.
If you don’t have a bike or the ability to exercise outdoors, there’s no need to worry. Try taking up spinning indoors! Indoor cycling bikes are becoming more and more affordable, take up very little space, and offer some serious calorie burn! Moreover, they’re wonderful for toning up your muscles, increasing balance, improving circulation, and expanding lung capacity.
- Stair Climbing
If you don’t have the budget or room for an exercise machine, there’s no need to feel left out! If you have stairs in your apartment complex, home, or at a building nearby, you’re all set! While climbing the stairs may not initially be your idea of fun, it can be an incredible workout for strength-building, cardio, and toning muscles. You can go at your own pace, choosing to walk, jog, or even sprint up them. Stairs are perfect for intervals/HIIT as well. After a while, you may even get addicted to the endorphins it provides and looks forward to it!
Now that you know the best ways to relieve stress and relax through exercise, which activity are you going to take up first? The great news is that these all work for any level of athlete. Even if you’ve never worked out before, it’s never too late. We hope that this guide has helped you and that you find your way to a lesser-stress, more relaxed lifestyle!