5 Yoga Poses To Help Reduce Stress

The world has greatly changed over time. Everyday life has become more challenging and fast-paced. Many people experience stress from work, school, commute, or even at home. This can accumulate and become toxic to the mind and body.

Through the years, people have recognized the calming and relaxing benefits of doing yoga. Because of this, yoga became one of the most popular stress relievers. The techniques used in yoga include poses, breathing techniques, meditation, and stretches. Many studies conducted even confirm the effectivity of yoga in reducing cortisol production, which is a common stress hormone in the body when the stress response system of the body is modulated. 

Try this 5 yoga poses to relieve stress:

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health benefits of running

Run for Your Life – Health Benefits of Running

 

Health benefits of running

Some useful tips:

1. If you are new to running or haven’t done it in a while start gradually, even by just walking at a faster pace. Increase your speed and running time day by day to allow your body to adjust.

2. Warm up with a few dynamic stretches before the run, and cool down after the running session by switching to a slower walking pace to allow your heart rate to return to normal.

3. Avoid eating directly before going for a run.

4. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during (if you run for longer than 30 minutes) and after the run.

5. If running outdoors and listening to music, ensure it is not too loud so that you can remain alert and aware of your surroundings during the whole running session.

 

References:

1. MacAuley D. Oxford handbook of sports and exercise medicine. 1st ed.Oxford:OxfordUniversityPress, 2011:134

2. Start active, stay active: a report on physical activity from the four home countries’ Chief Medical Officers. Department of Health. http://www.dh.gov.uk, 2011.

3. 6 Ways running improves your health – http://www.runnersworld.com/health/6-ways-running-improves-your-health?page=single – Runner’s World