Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Exercise as a stress reliever
Exercise is often recommended to survivors of sexual or domestic violence as a way to reduce stress. It can be a way to refocus and can serve as an outlet for pent up frustrations. It's always important to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. We've all heard this time and time again but it bears repeating.
Survivors have to balance fitness needs with emotional needs and are notorious for ignoring health concerns. It isn't something that a survivor means to do. The problem is that survivors can be too stressed and too overwhelmed to get a check up.
Being checked out before beginning a new exercise routine can help break that barrier down. Plus, the doctor may be able to make helpful health, emotional and fitness suggestion.
Walking is a frequent exercise of choice. It can be done in almost any safe location. Since most of us already own sneakers walking can be done with a minimum investment. A walking group can also give incentive and support at a time when survivors are rebuilding confidence. Churches, gyms and even the local mall may have a group. A few phone calls may be all it takes to find one.
Yoga is another popular fitness activity. It involves slow stretches and breathing exercises. This type of low impact exercise has been recommended for stress reduction for a long time. It has seen an increase in popularity over the past few years.
A gym can provide survivors with high intensity workout equipment. Gyms can be good places to learn new routines and provide a supportive atmosphere.
Find out more about exercise in the links below. They are written for the general public but may also be helpful to survivors.
This is a guest post provided by Fitness Alliance