Thursday, December 17, 2009

Reduce Stress and Feel Better

Stress can deplete your energy and diminish your healthy resolution results. Try these quick exercises to reduce stress and feel better.
1. Take a deep breathing break. Try concentrating on your breathing for 2 minutes. Inhaling and exhaling slowly and bringing the breath down into your belly. This will help tone your lower abs if you concentrate on pulling your belly button deep into your spine on the exhaled breathes.
2. Simple neck stretches to the side and front corners can relieve built up tension from paying bills or sitting at your computer. Relax your shoulders and lean your head to each side holding the stretch for 10-30 seconds.
3. Take a walk. While doing your grocery shopping, take a few extra laps around the store. You don't need a gym to get in some regular exercise. Multi-task by pushing that cart stock full of fruits, vegetables, exercise videos and gear around the store next time you shop. Wear a pedometer to track your steps and try for 2,000 steps each time you shop to get in a full mile walk.

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