Lee-Anne Wann: A stress busting exercise

Lee-Anne Wann – Health Practitioner, Performance Nutritionist
Lee-Anne Wann: A stress busting exercise

I define stress as any strain on our minds or bodies caused by an external factor. Whatever the stress, it can affect our metabolism (ability to burn calories), physiological functions, and even our outlook on life.

Some stress is motivating, but the wrong kind of stress can be detrimental to our health. One of the most common stressful feelings is anxiety, usually caused by the fear of not being able to cope with a situation, and this can result in many stress disorders. One of the best and simplest ways to help combat anxiety and stress is to exercise.

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Exercise can help with stress in many ways and these ways are often those little things we forget to do for ourselves;

  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Produces Relaxation
  • Increases Alertness
  • Improves Self Esteem
  • Reduces Depression
  • Aids in Good Sleep
  • Increases Energy
  • Rids the Body of Excess Adrenaline
  • Encourages a Healthier Diet
  • Gives You Time to Yourself

Exercise helps to relieve stress by clearing the mind of stressful thoughts. It also blocks bodily feelings through the release of endorphins that can ward off the unhealthy responses from stress in our body.

Stress also depletes our vitamin stores, especially B complex and vitamin C, and many minerals. It is very important to supplement these in the body when we are under stress and consider including some relaxation techniques such as stretching, yoga, and massage are a few ways we can relax our minds and bodies.


The Shoulder Shrug

Sitting, standing, or riding in the car or on a bus, raise your shoulders as high as you can, reaching for your ears. Hold them in that position for a few seconds and then drop them to their normal position. Repeat three times. You'll instantly relieve upper chest and shoulder tension.


The Shaker

Stand with arms dangling loosely at your sides and start to shake your hands. Then start shaking your arms. Next sit and repeat the same moves with your legs. You will feel less tense and more alert in minutes.


The Natural Lift

Getting outdoors can recharge you in a flash. Even gazing out the window to the sky, hills, trees and gardens or some water is enough to do the trick.


The TV Turn-off

It may surprise you, but although television seems relaxing, research shows people feel less relaxed and satisfied after watching TV than they did before they sat down to watch. So instead pull out a good book and give the TV remote a rest.


Lee-Anne Wann – Health Practitioner, Performance Nutritionist


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