Combat Economic Stress with Exercise
And you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do it either!
-Julie Ryan Evans
Stress is palpable in the air these days with the election, the economy and … everything else. One of the best ways to deal with that stress is another “e” word – EXERCISE.
The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s leading authority on fitness, has identified some stress-reducing tips to keep Americans feeling healthy in these challenging times:
1. Run up stairs and walk down. Exercising on stairs is harder than running on a flat surface and burns more energy.
2. Take boxing lessons or a boxing-exercise class; hitting things is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety.
3. Visit a batting cage or golf range. Enjoying an activity like baseball or golf will allow your mind to focus on something positive. Plus, you’re hitting things!
4. Join a running club. Running is a great stress-reliever, plus it creates social interaction – important for reducing risk of depression.
And if some of the above are out of your price range, have no fear. You can cut costs and stay in shape with these MONEY-SAVING exercise tips from ACE:
5. Walk or bike to work. By traveling my foot (or pedal), you are burning calories burning, saving money on transportation and helping the environment.
6. Work out in a park that has a fitness course. Follow the directions on the fitness obstacles for a fun exercise session in the fresh air.
7. Volunteer to do yard work or clean-up a neighborhood park. Vigorous chores like yard work are great calorie burners, and this would be a great way to improve the neighborhood, meet neighbors and make new friends.
8. Buy a jump rope. Jump rope for 15-20min/day, 3 days a week
Tell us: what healthy ways do you use to combat stress?