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six exercises to reduce stress

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Adopted from Fitness for Life by Charles Corbin & Ruth Lindsey. Prepared by F. Labenski, Rutgers-Newark Physical Educational Department.  

Here are some common exercises that help to reduce stress:

Stress is a normal part of living but accumulated tensions and  unusually stressful situations can cause distress. Any activity that either allows your muscles to relax or that expends large amounts of physical energy will make you feel less stressed. Here are some relaxation techniques to help you relieve stress.


1. Take Ten Deep Breaths

Fill every corner of your lungs, hold, then slowly exhale until you've squeezed it all out. Repeat. All
that oxygen will charge you with energy.

2. Roll Your Neck

To get rid of tension in the neck, let your chin drop forward. Now, keeping shoulders level, slowly roll your head in a full circle to right shoulder, back, left shoulder and front. Repeat nine times, alternating directions.

3. Loosen Up Your Body

Sit upright in a chair. Lift your arms over …