Mind and Body Fitness—the Ultimate Health Connection Many of us get home after a long, busy day and just want to unwind. While relaxing in front of the TV may be tempting, more and more research shows that exercising can boost mood and relieve stress. Here are some ideas to get you started: Meditati exercise such as tai chi and yoga use gentle Meditative ph physical exercise and stretching to improve flexibility m and muscle strength while reducing stress and anxiety. Heart-pumping, Hear rhythmic aerobic exercises like swimming, walking and dancing can lift your mood by increasing blood flow to parts of the brain that control contr how you react to stress and by releasing “feel-good” endorphins.
W Wind down from the day’s stressors with progressive muscle m relaxation. By tensing (for at least 5 seconds) r and then relaxing (for 10 seconds) specific muscle groups, one at a time, you can soothe muscle aches and quiet your mind. Start by relaxing the muscles in your feet and legs, and work up the body until you reach your head, breathing slowly and deeply as you go. Sources: National Institute on Aging; Journal of Clinical Psychiatry; Mayo Clinic; National Institutes of Health