In today's time there is so much stress thanks to our lifestyle, the rat race we all become a part of, the tensions between countries lead us to stress and anxiety... there are so many factors which leave us unhappy therefore there have to be ways to get rid of them as well. Daily workouts, different extracurricular activities, DIYs, and many such solutions are the key. In this article, we will explore some easy workouts.

Belly Breathing

belly breathing

A popular technique to reduce stress, belly breathing is a very popular workout. Why? The diaphragm is a muscular sheet that separates the lungs from the stomach and other visceral organs. When you breathe, the diaphragm contracts and moves down. The lungs expand, creating negative air pressure, enabling you to take in the air and when you exhale, your diaphragm relaxes. Therefore you feel relaxed.

  • Lie down on a mat.
  • Place one hand on your chest and the other on your lower rib cage.
  • Breathe in slowly through your nose. Feel both your hands move up. Do not force the breathing.
  • Exhale through the mouth with pursed lips. Feel your hands move down.  

One-Minute Breathing

This is a popular yoga technique, which is extremely effective for reducing stress and anxiety. 

  • Sit on a chair but straight, don't bend.   
  • Join the tips of your index fingers and thumbs and place your hands on your thighs. Relax.
  • Inhale slowly through your nose. Count till 10
  • Exhale slowly through your nose. Count till 10.
  • Repeat.

Alternate Nostril Breathing

breathing yoga

Popularly known as Nadi Shodhana Pranayama. This exercise has been around for ages and is well known for reducing stress and anxiety. Practice is every day. You must practice it every day.  

  • Sit straight on a chair or on the floor with your legs folded.
  • Place your left hand on your left knee.
  • Place your right thumb on your right nostril and close it.
  • Inhale through your left nostril and count till 10.
  • Hold your breath and close your left nostril with your right ring finger. Simultaneously, open your right nostril.
  • Slowly breathe out with your right nostril. Count till 10.
  • Breathe in through your right nostril and breathe out through your left nostril.

Don't Miss: Have Back Pain? Practice These Yoga Poses And You Are Sorted!

Pilates

This one is a mix of western workout and yoga. It was originally created to help the injured soldiers of World War II recover faster. Off late it has become a favourite of many actors and actresses. It helps strengthen the body, increase flexibility, and also reduces anxiety and stress.  

Kickboxing

kickboxing

Now this one is of major help if you want to vent out your anger and it is also a great way to workout and tone your body. Since this workout is about kickboxing, you are in a way strengthening your defence skills which also improves your confidence and then, of course, the stress of not being able to work out goes.

Running

You don't need to join someplace for this one. Just wear the right pants and top, slip into the right kind of shoes and you are good to go. It is said that running actually gives you a high. Running regularly can definitely help you feel more relaxed and less anxious. You can also run on a treadmill if you like. 

Zumba

An amazing way to burn 500 calories in 60 minutes, this a dance form infused with exercises. It is more like aerobic exercises that increase your heart rate, lung function and induces sweat. It is not just the stress that you will beat but you will also feel energised and rejuvenated.  

If you still have some stress which does not seem to go or is more serious than a workout, then you need to go to a psychiatrist. It is not a shameful thing to go to one. In fact, it is a fourth person who will not judge you for your actions but will, in fact, help you get out of it!

Recommended Video