My name is Dr Vicki Smithers. I am a family physician near Dallas, TX. I often recommend exercise to help people lessen stress. I encourage patients to start a walking program if they have not been active recently. It also gets people outside. Walking is a great aerobic workout and doesn't require expensive equipment or athleticism..Set a goal to reach 10000 steps a day to reduce stress and improve health. Another exercise I encourage people to try is yoga.Yoga for stress relief is a super exercise and great addition to your walking program. YOGA is a 5000+ year practice that combines strengthening and stretching poses with special breathing and meditation. There are many different forms of yoga. You want to be sure to match your class with your fitness level to get the best response.
Types of Yoga include:
Hatha- slow, poses held for seconds and lots of deep breathing (most common)
Ashtanga-Dynamic, links specific postures and breathing together and flows, more like dancing
Anusara- newer form; focuses on mind and body
Bikrum- dynamic , fast paced movements, specific sequence- get hot and sweaty
Hot Yoga- dynamic series of movements done in hot room; you will sweat a lot
Iyengar- meticulous style, teaches proper alignment in poses and uses props (straps, chairs, blocks, etc)
Restorative- relax and soothe nerves; slow poses and pros to hold poses (MY FAVORITE)
Vinyasa- Fluid movement from pose to pose often to music
There are many variations and you may have to try a few different classes to find what is right for you.
So grab a friend and attend a beginner yoga class or buy a DVD for home use. Yoga improves emotional health and enhances strength, flexibility and balance.
Yoga for Stress Relief
There are many health benefits to regular yoga practice:
1. Improves flexibility and enhances strength
2. Lessens back pain and pain from arthritis
3. Improves bone health
4. Eases symptoms of asthma
5. Improves posture
6. Improves sleep
7. Decreases risk of heart attack
8. Boosts immunity- helps the lymphatic system fight infection
9. Drops blood pressure
10. Lowers cortisol- decreases depression
11. Increases serotonin and lowers monoamine oxidase and cortisol- making you happier
12. Lowers blood sugar and LDL cholesterol
13. Improves focus and concentration
14. Improves peace of mind
By focusing on deep breathing and relaxation yoga has been shown to decrease stress hormones like cortisol. This has a direct effect on the stress cycle. Yoga is a powerful form of stress relief. It has been shown to lower blood pressure and resting heart rate. It can improve a persons self esteem and stop the cycle of fear, frustration, regret and anger that leads to stress. Those that perform yoga regularly eat better, live active lives, have healthy relationships and are less likely to smoke or use drug.
So remember some other stress relief suggestions that can be used with your regular yoga:
1. Positive imagery
4. Take a walk daily
5. Eat healthy- increase fish and fruits and vegetables
6. Express feelings- talk with a friend or therapist
7. Avoid alcohol
8. Limit caffeine
9. Learn to say no and manage time better
Enjoy your yoga practice. It is another tool you can use to find health and happiness in your life and lead to a life that is STRESS FREE!
Health and Happiness
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