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Relaxation techniques to reduce stress

As part of any training program, relaxation should be integrated in. Relaxation is not only important for the muscles and joints but it's also vital for maintaining a healthy mind. Getting yourself mentally motivated every single day to put forth the energy required for your workouts can be mentally draining so a chance to put the mind at ease is usually very welcomed.

There are various relaxation methods that you can utilize. One of the most popular ones is yoga training. This will help to put the muscles of the body at ease as well as mind. Some of the newer classes of yoga are offered in a very hot environment, which serves to enhance the overall calmness you will likely feel.

Another exercise you can do to help you achieve a state of calmness is lying quietly on the floor and then thinking of tensing and releasing the muscles in your body, moving from the top of your head all the way down to the toes. By the time you are finished you should find that you are very stress-free and your breathing rate is much lower. Performing this activity every day for ten to fifteen minutes is a fantastic way to decrease the overall stress in your life.

Finally, keep in mind that you don't always have to be doing some type of exercise in order to achieve this goal. For some individuals, it can be losing themselves in something they love such as painting, writing or photography. The term often used to describe this is 'flow' and is when you become so engorged in an activity that you forget everything else around you. Getting into this state at least once a week can again really help to not only reduce stress levels but also aid with recovery due to a decreased cortisol output by the body.

So regardless of which method you choose to use, just be sure you implement some type of restful activity into your overall workout plan.

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