My favorites are Yoga and Spinning because of the mind-body connection I encourage with those classes.
There are several styles of Yoga out there, many of them excellent. It can be relaxing, great exercise, positive social interaction, etc. I enjoy taking Yoga classes for so many reasons, but most of all the peace, calmness, and life I feel after a session.
I also encourage mind-body in my Spinning classes. Using other energies (in this case, the music) to fuel yourself. Whether it motivates, inspires, or paces you. I also try to “paint” a lot of pictures, as far as scenery, hills, races. You can take quite a trip in one hour.
I will never, ever encourage anything to do with eating. Eating tied to emotions leads to severe psychological issues resulting in poor health. Typically every fat loss client I have experiences this in at least one respect.
Exercises? I’d say anything that safe and an enjoyable alternative to whatever their typical gym routine might look like.
Other than that, I’ve found that getting in a biweekly massage from a quality massage therapist helps me keep the physical repercussions of stress to a minimum.
Lawrence, out of curiosity, what do you feel causes you the most stress this year compared to last? What’s the best strategy you have to effectively cope with this stress?