Stress relief exercises include yoga, tai chi, pilates, kickboxing and high-energy activities such as dancing, spinning and running, notes Everyday Health. Exercise clears the mind, lowers the symptoms of anxiety and depression, improves self-confidence and increases the production of endorphins, which are the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, according to Mayo Clinic.
Yoga and tai chi involve breathing techniques and a series of movements that can help strengthen the body’s natural relaxation response. These activities can also boost the immune system, prevent symptoms of hypertension and help build bone density, notes Everyday Health.
Pilates are movements designed for increasing strength, endurance and flexibility, making the person feel better. Kickboxing involves rigorous workouts that can help improve balance and coordination, thereby relieving stress, states Everyday Health.