Throughout the day, and even our life, stress just seems to inevitably build. For some, being cooped up at home can lead to an uptick in your stress levels. Or maybe your world outside has got you stressing out about life in general. Whatever the reason, the long-term effects of stress are not good for the body. According to the CDC, symptoms of long-term stress can potentially include depression, difficulty concentrating, headaches, back pains, and even stomach problems. To counter stress, here are four activities you can do to help lower your stress levels and get you back on track.
Go on a Bike Ride
Relieve the stress levels of your entire family by going on a relaxing bike ride. Something as simple as riding around the neighborhood can get the blood pumping and get more time spent together as a family. It all starts with figuring out how to choose the right bikes for you and the family. Once you have that, make sure you have the proper safety gear such as helmets and pads. Depending on how long you plan your bike ride to be, make sure to bring the right amount of water and snacks. And finally, if you want to explore local trails, Trail Link is an excellent resource to find places where you and your family can bike together! If you want to really challenge yourself, join a riding club via Strava. Here, you can meet up fellow riders, or ride virtually against other riders in the same club. Join Team Sun & Ski Sports and see where you stack up, or create your own!
Go For a Run
As another form of exercise, going on a run brings it all to another level. A kind of aerobic exercise, running can significantly improve both your physical and mental health, all while getting a good cardio session in. Raising your heart rate can not only help you burn calories, but also improve metabolism and strengthen both your heart and lungs.
Combine your run with a smartwatch such as a Fitbit or Garmin. With these activity trackers, you’ll be able to track your steps, share your progress with friends, and even display your running route, all with a swipe of a finger. Link it to your smartphone with apps like Strava, and you’ll have more features to work with to help you reach your running goals!
Take a Hike
Staying inside all the time may get you and your family stressed out. Did you know that you can lower your stress levels by going on a hike? This activity is perfect for the family and can not only reduce your stress levels but also be a good learning experience for the kids. Show them everything that nature has to offer, including plants, seeds and nuts, animals, and exciting geological features. Feed their curiosity by coming up with a scavenger hunt to find certain things along the trail or in the forest. Don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray!
It is never too late to learn healthy habits. If you are stuck at home for an extended period, why not start developing a healthy habit right now? One way is to start a workout routine. With a workout routine, you can not only gain physical benefits such as lowering your weight and gaining toned muscles, but you can also improve your mood and boost your energy. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise can increase chemical levels in the brain associated with happiness.
Plus, you don’t need any expensive equipment to start an exercise routine. With this bare-bones workout, all you need is a small amount of space and your determination to push yourself towards a better you!
Stress and anxiety come in many shapes and forms throughout our daily lives. By practicing yoga, you can help alleviate those pressures. While yoga is more than just weird postures and meditation, there are plenty of physical benefits associated with the practice. This can include improving your flexibility, increasing muscle strength, straightening your posture, improves your balance, and help releases tension in your limbs. Though there are many yoga studios out there, you can also perform yoga at home through various online videos. Include yoga into your everyday routine and watch your stress levels decrease.
While we all experience some levels of stress, by managing it through various exercises and activities, we can have both happier and healthier lives. At Sun & Ski Sports, we are all about helping you get out with the right gear to stay healthy responsibly with social distancing. Whatever your next activity or adventure may be, you can find everything you need online, or at your local Sun & Ski Sports. Please check your preferred Sun & Ski Sports store’s business hours to ensure our associates are ready to help you.