June 13, 2004
| Fatigue &
Stress Can Wear You Out
Life tends to plop stress in your lap whether you’re
prepared for it or not, so it’s a good idea to learn skills for
coping with stress. I have enough stress-reducing strategies to
fill an entire book, but low-stress, targeted exercise is one of
my favorites. It improves circulation and functioning of all your
organ systems, loosens joints and muscles, promotes emotional stability,
improves stamina and endurance, and boosts energy levels.
Each individual’s needs are different, but the
following will work for just about everybody:
For each of these exercises, some instruction in
proper technique can make a world of differenceeven for walking.
Instruction is especially important when starting weight lifting,
yoga, or T’ai Chi. Talk to a trainer, sign up for classes at a local
health club, or get an instructional video or audio tape. Start
slowly, keep it non-strenuous, and establish an exercise routine
so you won’t want to go through a day without one or two sessions.
I’ve included some simple exercises to start you
off. Do them every other day for the first week; four times during
the second week, and five times during the third week. If you have
been sedentary, combine these with 10 minutes of walking the first
week, 20 minutes the second, and 30 minutes the third.
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