Fitness instructor Lauren Roxburgh believes life is all about balance. If you have to juggle work, family, and your own health, that balance may be difficult to find. Her number one rule for avoiding stress is to remain flexible, because her busy life changes all the time. So she has developed some great ways to reduce her stress, and she tries to fit them in to every week. Her philosophy is that ten minutes of doing something she loves is better than no time at all.
Here are her six favorite stress-busting activities:
1. Foam rolling
Roxburg enjoys foam rolling so much she wrote a book about it and created a video class. She believes the roller is an underrated tool, and she has created a whole range of exercises. Foam rollers not only massage sore muscles, they also target fascia, oxygenate the blood and help keep your body in alignment. You stand taller and breathe deeper, while flushing toxins from your system.
Running is hard on the joints, and it’s not for everyone. But rebounding is a great, low-impact cardio workout that really helps with fitness. Research by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shows the rebounder is 68 percent more effective at burning fat than running. It also builds bone density and stimulates the lympathic system.
3. Grabbing a juice
Stress often interferes with healthy eating. Instead of drinking a soda, grab a green juice to clear your head and revive your energy. Avoid juices with too much fruit or sugar; stick with the greens. When Lauren feels a cold or flu coming on, she drinks green juice and an hops into an infrared sauna to sweat it out and jump start her immune system.
4. Beach walks
Nothing is more grounding than walking in nature, and Lauren’s preferred setting is a sandy beach. You may prefer the woods, or hiking up a mountain. You can also combine your nature outing with time with a friend.
Roxburgh believes in the power of the mind-body connection. To have a healthy body, you must have a relaxed mind. Meditation is her path to reduce stress, lower anxiety and avoid depression. She fits in at least 10 or 20 minutes morning and evening, every day. She calls it “emptying the mental trash folder.” Meditation also improves sleep quality.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the problems in the world, but don’t forget to laugh. A big laugh triggers endorphins, the “feel good” chemical that can even relieve pain. Laughing lowers stress hormones and increasing the number of immune cells in your body.