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30-Minute Stress Relief Workout + 3 Reasons Not to Skip It!
Posted By Tanja Djelevic On February 15, 2012 @ 12:09 pm In Fitness, Health & Wellness | 4 Comments
Numerous studies have confirmed the fact that the right amount of exercise relieves stress  and boosts the immune system . It releases feel-good hormones — such as endorphins and adrenaline — and reduces levels of stress hormones.
Yet our natural reaction to stress is usually to take things out of our day that seem superfluous and time-consuming. Often that includes the time we spend on our own health. We sacrifice that time — and ourselves — to other more “important” causes at hand, even when the cause of our stress is something we don’t have control over anyway.
I’d like to point out three other important benefits of exercise  that are less often highlighted — but equally great reasons to find time every day to just move.
A smart technique to use in your stress relief workouts is “nose breathing.” Yoga  teaches us that breathing through the nose is proven to calm the nervous system. Combine that with a cardio workout and you’ll experience noticeable stress relief benefits, just by moving and breathing!
Try this 30-minute stress relief workout I recommend to my clients. This routine with a focus on nose breathing will also give you the benefit of high and low heart rate intervals , plus stability and mobility exercises:
In five-minute intervals, alternate the following moves:
Good luck and LiveLifeLoud!
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