The benefits of physical activities against stress

The benefits of physical activities against stress

The accumulation of stress can have many harmful effects on the body: fatigue, hypertension, intestinal disorders ... Rather than resorting to unnatural methods to relax, practicing physical activity allows you to regain your serenity and to take care of his health. Tips for getting your body back in motion.

Exercise well designed and done with pleasure, as practiced by children, is one of the techniques, in my opinion, the most suitable for combating the insidious effects of repetitive stress. People who exercise have a poor response to stressful situations: they tend to secrete less adrenaline than sedentary people. Sport being a stressor for the body, repeated sessions act as “vaccines” and increase the athlete's ability to cope with forms of stress. Neurohormones are thought to be modified by physical activity. After exercise, the muscles are as relaxed as if you had given a dose of tranquilizer ...

Physical activity in general without excess is a significant euphoric that releases psycho logical tensions generated unconsciously.


Qi-Gong is composed of a series of slow movements, almost danced, widely practiced in Asia, to be done for 10 minutes a day. The induced concentration of the mind is certainly a very interesting method of relieving tension.


With its breathing exercises and asanas (postures), yoga effectively compensates for the aggression of various modern stresses. Even if you have never done this practice before, there are many poses that are easily accessible and a yoga class for beginners can quickly prove to be stimulating. There are even certain sequences of specific postures to find your serenity.

Attention, however, the exercise, the movement and the sport, so much advised by some, can also be generating stress if they are practiced irregularly, too intensely, in a way inadequate to its physique and its temperament, in confined spaces, deprived of oxygen.


Breathing, yawning and smiling, singing, art are techniques which, along with laughter, carry out emotional discharges essential to combat or avoid muscle or psychic blockages linked to stress:

Yawning has an immediate relaxing effect due to its action on the parasympathetic system, but also because there are many nerve connections between the brain and the jaw

Singing, a de-stressing breathing exercise, increases oxygen consumption by 50% and works the abdominals (you breathe out while contracting the stomach)

Laughing leads to the release of endorphins. The Chinese Taoists call this technique “tear out the tear”.

How To Breath

The most physically and mentally relaxing breathing is stomach breathing. It consists of releasing and directing the diaphragm downwards. It is the one we naturally adopt when we sleep. It releases our muscle tension and promotes the emission, by our brain, of alpha waves, waves of relaxation.

Try on a day when you feel the physical and mental pressure building. Pump up your stomach on the inhale. The diaphragm goes down so that the lungs fill properly. Your belly swells slightly. Release your muscles, let go of the muscle tension in your shoulders and back. You will see how, with a simple breathing exercise, we can limit the tensions and damage caused by stress.

We can still improve this breathing by adopting this ventral breathing following a geometric shape. When we sleep, our breathing takes on a triangular shape (triangle points up). This is the snorer's breath! Conversely when you read this book, your breath takes a triangular shape but points downwards, it is the breath of attention, of concentration.

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