Get Moving and Kick Stress to the Curb: Fun Exercises to Celebrate Stress Awareness Month!

It’s Stress Awareness Month, and what better way to celebrate than by fighting off depression with some light exercise! Exercise is not only good for your physical health, but it can also be a great way to improve your mental health and mood. So, let’s get moving and kick those blues to the curb!

Dance Party: Put on your favorite tunes, and dance like nobody’s watching! Not only will you get your heart pumping, but you’ll also release endorphins, which can help improve your mood.

– Walking: Take a stroll in your neighborhood, park, or local trail. Getting outside and enjoying some fresh air and sunshine can help you feel better, and walking is a low-impact exercise that almost anyone can do.

Lift Weights: Strength training exercises, such as weightlifting or bodyweight exercises, can help reduce stress by releasing T endorphins and improving mood.  

Jumping Jacks: Yes, we’re going old-school with this one, but jumping jacks are a fun and easy way to get your heart rate up and release some pent-up energy. Plus, they’ll make you feel like a kid again!

Hiking: If you’re feeling adventurous, take a hike! Being in nature and exploring new surroundings can be a great way to improve your mood and get some exercise in at the same time.

Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be a chore or a burden. Find an activity you enjoy and make it a regular part of your routine. Not only will you feel better physically and mentally, but you’ll also be doing something good for your overall health and well-being. So, let’s get moving and celebrate Stress Awareness Month the fun way!

About the Author:

John Martin joins BaySport as the Program Manager at the America Center II.  He published his clinical kettlebell research with the World Congress on Exercise is Medicine™ and received his Master’s in Exercise Science from Sacramento State University. 

His background includes performance coach to pro athletes (MLB, NBA, and ESPN CrossFit Games), face-to-face corporate health coaching over 20K employees nationwide, and developing award-winning programs as a Fortune 500 well-being consultant.

John’s philosophy is “Be the best version of you that your loved ones deserve.” 

Away from the America Center; John enjoys family, the outdoors, and photography.

Photo by Anna Tarazevich

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