15 Minute Movement for Stress Relief
Stress sucks. It really does. Yet, our society is rampant with it. An episode of acute stress sends the body into ‘fight or flight’ mode, increasing your heart rate and filling your body with adrenaline. This is beneficial in a dangerous situation, such as running away from a predator. However, the crazy stressors we face in our day to day can make your body think you need to run away from a predator ALL THE TIME, whether you actually need to, or you just need to get a project submitted on time. This is chronic stress, and it can f*ck you up.
Thankfully, one thing that can help combat an in-the-moment stress response is movement! Completing the exercises below will take 15 minutes max, and help rid your body of adrenaline so you can relax, focus, and get sh*t done.
Warmup (30s each)
Jog In Place (low impact - step side to side)
Butt Kickers (low impact - no jumping)
Toe Touches (feet together, touch your toes, straighten and stretch up, repeat)
Jumping Jacks (Low Impact - same arm movement, but step feet out side to side)
Sweat Fest (30s each, 2x through)
High Knees (Low Impact - standing pull knees into your chest one at a time)
Squat Jumps (Low Impact - Regular Squats)
Butt Kickers (Low impact - same as in warmup)
‘Jump Rope’ (Pretend you’re jumping rope. Low impact - step side to side)
Burpees (Low impact - step to a plank and back up instead of jump)