Let's face it: sometimes getting a good workout in is hard to do, no matter how you slice it. With work, families, and various other obligations we have, there comes a point for some of us when exercise just has to go on the back burner for a while. What if we told you that you could fulfill all of your obligations and still get a good workout in– all you have to do is free up 10 minutes of your time? De-stress with these exercises!
Burpees are known most for being one of the workouts that nobody wants to do. They are actually super effective though at working various parts of the body and they help to release tension! The pushing into the ground helps to release tension in your arms and legs, while still giving your core and lower body a nice workout.
- Stand up straight and lower yourself into a squat. Put your hands on the ground in front of you and get into the upper portion on a basic pushup.
- Step each foot back towards you until your knees are even with your elbows.
- Push back up until you are back in the squat position and stand back up straight.
Speaking of pushups, they are another great method of burning off some stress and calories at the same time! Pushups are a strength-training exercise that uses your own bodyweight to get the job done. Workouts like these are great for those days when you need to blow off some steam, especially since they do not require any extra materials and can be done in the comfort of your own home.
- Lie down on your stomach, legs together and arms apart.
- Lift your upper body with your arms – your palms should be on the ground and the rest of your body balanced between your arms and legs.
- Lower your body down towards the ground and then back up – this is one rep. Repeat.
Another one of the great "ups" that are wonderful for great exercise and stress relief are chin-ups! Chin-ups really work the arms and upper body, but also release tons of tension. This workout is not meant for everyone though. It is easy to injure yourself if you do not have much upper body strength or are not experienced in this area of exercise!
- Stand under and behind a pull-up bar. Grab the bar with your palms facing you, arms about hip-width apart.
- Standing up with your torso straight, but with a slight curvature in your back and your chest out, lift your body up.
- Once your chin passes the bar, lower yourself down. Repeat.
Extended Triangle Pose
Another great workout for stress is yoga! Yoga is known near and far for its stress-relieving qualities and intricate poses. The extended triangle pose is one of the simpler yoga poses to do, but it does wonders for the body! This pose stretches out the entire body, which naturally helps to relieve stress, and also can aid in improving digestion!
- Stand up straight with your legs shoulder-width apart and your arms down at your sides. Take the time to take some deeps breaths.
- Step your feet a bit further apart, as far as you can without losing your balance. Turn one foot out to the side and the other straight in front.
- Lift your arms out to the side, up so they are parallel with your shoulders.
- Keeping your torso straight and body facing the front, hinge your body down to one side until your hand touches your ankle.
- Slowly turn your head to look at your thumb up above you and hold for a few breaths.
- Lift up with an exhale and return to starting position. Repeat on the opposite side.
Speaking of yoga, here is another great one for you to try out. The head-to-knee pose is great because it is simple, does not require any extra equipment, and can be used as a warm-up before a workout. This pose releases tension in the shoulders and lower body, while giving your entire person a nice, deep stretch!
- Sit on the floor upright, feet out in front of you.
- Bending your right knee, put the sole of your foot on your inner thigh.
- As you exhale, bend your upper body over your left leg. Place your hands on the floor on either side of you or wrap your hands around your foot.
- Hold for a few breaths and then sit back up. Repeat with the opposite leg.