How to De-Stress with Fitness
Here’s how to use fitness to de-stress and improve detoxification:
- Stay in the now- When’s the last time you tuned in to your body as you were exercising, rather than tune out by distracting yourself such as with music? You can experience the benefits of mind/body exercise (a clear head, a sense of calm) when you pay close attention to your body as you move it—the muscles stretching and contracting, your lungs expanding, energy moving through you. To detox the mind all you have to do is get into the ‘here and now,’ and let go of the mental toxins of past worry and future fear.
- Do something that feels good. Vigorous exercise is one thing—but pushing yourself to the limit in the name of “getting in shape” is more likely to hurt you, especially if you’re not tuned in. The best tip for getting the benefits of mind/body fitness is to first do something you enjoy doing, rather than forcing yourself to do something you hate. So don’t run if you detest it, and don’t slog through a yoga class if you find it joyless. Just as sport if focussed on being fun for children, physical activity should also be fun for adults.
- Don’t go crazy- If you find yourself completely depleted after every workout, so much so that you can barely function, then you may be serving fitness more than fitness is serving you. The key is to maintain a peaceful energy level. You don’t need to go too hard or fast. Think 70 percent effort. The result is fitness that gives you energy, rather than drains you of it.
- Walk more. You can’t beat it for simplicity and effectiveness. No equipment required. When you walk more, you tone your body and boost your cardiovascular health, protect against heart disease, diabetes, and other health risks, fight depression, boost mood, and control your weight. Start easy but remain consistent, adding more steps and miles to your week.
- Keep track. The pedometer doesn’t lie. Keeping an eye on just how many steps you take in a day gives you a concrete goal, not to mention a sense of accomplishment as you see the steps rack up. Aim to work up to and then maintain 10,000 steps a day.
- Stop sitting still. Fitness doesn’t have to take place at a gym. Find opportunities to move throughout your day, whether that’s getting up every hour to stretch, getting off the bus a few stops early to get some walking in, or taking the stairs. Something as simple as standing up contracts the large muscles of your legs, supports metabolism, and improves your cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglyceride levels. And you’ll feel less stiff at the end of the day.
Dr Rachel Murphy
In clinical practice, I continue to pursue passion for treating infants and children as well as pregnancy care, including pre and postnatal support. I have a strong belief that environment plays a crucial role in health and well being, and therefore treatment management must also include advice on exercise and nutrition, ergonomics, stretching, rehabilitation and lifestyle modification.
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