Relieving Stress

Northwest Pearls: Stress and Running  

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I get stressed and then I feel it in my neck, shoulders, back, and head. Whenever I go to get a massage the masseuse will comment on how many knots I have and how much I carry my stress. It doesn't help that I have poor posture when I'm just sitting at my desk watching Netflix and that my posture at work isn't a ton better. That's probably where a chunk of my aches and pain come from.

So on days when I can feel the stress and all I want is for it to go away I've found the easiest way to get it out is to run.

About ten minutes into the run and I feel like a different person.

I've tried using a heating pad and using a neck-pillow that you microwave, but neither of those works as well as just getting on the treadmill, or going outside, and running. The elliptical works too, but not as well. And sleep can help, but if it's the middle of the day or it's not time to go to bed? Then running works pretty well for me.

What have you found gets rid of your stress? Do you have any tips?