Exercise

All too often around the University’s campus, many students are talking about their stress levels from schoolwork and a myriad of other things.

Because of this, many students turn to some form of exercise to minimize stress, release their frustration and relax. Any exercise is good for limiting stress and focusing the mind, according to a Forbes article.

“Exercise helps trigger endorphins, which improve the prioritizing functions of the brain. After exercise, your ability to sort out priorities improves, allowing you to block out distractions and better concentrate on the task at hand.”

Here are five types of exercise to minimize stress.

1. Yoga

Yoga is a mind-body practice which seeks to promote inner peace by helping manage stress and anxiety. The practice focuses on breathing and holding certain positions, making it easier for a practicing person to forget their stressors, resulting in reduced stress and anxiety. Helping students, staff and faculty to relax is one reason the Student Recreation Center is hosting Move for your Mood sessions, featuring Gentle Yoga through Nov. 19.

2. Kickboxing

Kickboxing is an intense cardio workout which centers around kicks and punches.

“The high energy work out (sic) encourages the flow of endorphins, reduces anxiety and provides a useful outlet for frustrations big and small,” according to Fitness 19’s website.

For students looking to let out their frustration through kicks and punches, kickboxing may be a stress reliever.

3. Team sports

For many, team sports are a way to exercise, spend time with friends and reduce stress. Reduction of stress happens as both exercising and socializing with people induce the creation of oxytocin, a hormone that prompts relaxation and a feeling of stability.

“Brain oxytocin also appears to reduce stress responses, including anxiety,” according to a Medical News Today article.

4. Outdoor activities

Students, like junior Brett Ross, find fresh air, new scenery and a workout as great ways to clear a stress-filled mind. The new scenery creates something new to focus on, which can limit stress caused by overthinking. The exercise creates stress-relieving hormones.  

“When I’m running, I can clear my mind from all my issues and just focus on running,” junior Brett Ross said.

However, running isn’t the only outdoor activity to do. Other examples include, but are not limited to, biking and cross-country skiing.

5. High-energy activities

These can range anywhere from running on the treadmill, riding on a stationary bike, using the elliptical, lifting weights, rock-wall climbing and much more. Freshman Sophia DeBord often works out to calm down and limit her stress.

“I like to either run on the treadmill for a couple miles really fast or go on the bike for 4 or 5 miles,” DeBord said. “I also typically listen to really loud music and just kind of get my anger out, and then after about fifteen or twenty minutes, I’m alright.”

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