7 Stress Reducing Exercises You Can Do in Minutes - Sweat it out

Sweat it out

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Sweat it out

One way to work through stress is by doing cardio. Think spinning, sprinting, hiking, etc. -- an activity that gets your heart pounding and sweat forming. As Fowler says, it's a "great way to get your ya-yas out." Going to a class like spinning where the music is pumping and you're sweating will help release stress and instantly make you "just feel better because you get swept away by the class environment." It also won't feel like a "work" out. "I don't think anyone has not felt better after taking a spin class," says Fowler.

If you don't have time to squeeze in a class, sprint (or run as fast as you can) up and down your street a couple of times -- you'll get similar benefits -- in minutes.

 

Do pigeon pose

This pose will help release tension in your hips -- an area where many of us hold stress, says Fowler. Hips are a big joint, so aim to hold this pose for one to three minutes on each side. Here's how to do it:

Do pigeon pose

Place your palms and knees on the floor, so you're on "all fours." Slide your right knee up toward your left wrist, bringing your foot back toward your body a bit. Rest down onto your right hip and slide your left leg straight out behind you. Bend over your right leg and reach for the floor. Rest your head and arms on the floor -- if you're flexible enough to do so, if not just lean forward a bit. Repeat on the other leg.

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