Stress relief exercises such as power walking, swimming, bicycling, hula hoop dancing, cardio classes, Martial Arts, Tai Chi, yoga, Pilates or any deep stretching along with deep breathing exercises are wonderful positive ways to release pent- up energy that can be held in our body. When we begin to feel too much stress in our life, it will usually be held somewhere in the body, often in the the jaw, upper neck and, shoulders, and sometimes in the lower back. Regardless of where you might be holding your tension finding a physical fitness program can be a great way to help your physical and emotional body let go so you can move with ease and be pain-free.
What is movement? Movement can simply be going for a 30-minute walk with your dog, with a friend or just on your own. I have three dogs, which gets me out and moving every day! For deep stretching, breathing and core work I like to do Pilates with a bit of Yoga. Finding an exercise practice which suits you can help keep your body limber and nourished, your mind clear and focused and your emotions calm. The beauty of movement is, it also aids in healthy digestion and circulation!
Why is movement so important? There are many kinds of stress and the ones which show up in our physical body can be hard on our health. Lack of circulation, for example is known to affect our heart and veins. If we don’t take the time to move the body it can develop tight muscles, stiffness, aches, and pains, especially if there is inflammation. If we don’t take the time to care for ourselves we can end up with deep, long-term health problems.
When we overload our life with too many responsibilities, it can create an imbalance, thereby affecting our digestion, adrenal glands, the immune system and our liver health. Most people will feel fatigued due to adrenal stress; the 'fight or flight' hormone, which eventually causes anxiety and/or exhaustion.
For those who suffer from anxiety, here are some tips for anxiety cures:
When we have too much stress in our lives, it is helpful to drink our nourishment instead of eating. Eating solid food can put stress on the digestion system which can end up in digestive upset such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue and nausea.
When we drink our nourishment, it by-passes our digestion and our nutrients are gently assimilated in the small intestine.
Our adrenal glands also have a profound effect on our immune system, which is why finding stress relief exercises can be very beneficial for overall well-being.
Claire Lipke, R. Ac, B.Sc. Kin, BCRPA Personal Trainer
Claire practices Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture in Victoria, B.C at Fix Healthcare. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo (2005) and a Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Canadian College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (2010). By combining the skills that she learned through her Chinese Medicine training along with her knowledge of Western anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and nutrition Claire is able to provide comprehensive diagnosis and individualized treatments for her patients. Claire also runs her own personal training / kinesiology rehabilitation business where she educates, motivates, and inspires her clients to challenge their bodies and take control of their own health.
Her company motto is
“train your body, love your life”
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