This month, we’re talking all about how to get your awesome on by decreasing stress. When it comes to decreasing stress, the biggest thing you can do for your body is move. There are many simple exercises you can do throughout the day—morning, noon and night—so you can rid your body of stress and sleep peacefully.

How to Decrease Stress in the…

Morning

The stress hormone, cortisol, tends to be at its highest levels first thing in the morning, so it’s best to get in a good, sweaty morning workout as soon as you start your day. Going for a run, jog or bike ride are some of the best ways to lower cortisol levels first thing in the morning. dr james lifting weight in gym

During the Day

You can continue to incorporate little movements into your daily routine to decrease cortisol. Lunge your way to the bathroom, use your desk as a push-up support, or bust out a yoga move in your office. Your co-workers might find it strange at first, but I guarantee once they see how calm and collected you become from doing these simple movements, they’ll want to join in!

Evening

Try to end the day in much the same way that you began it. We all tend to be more on the side of being a “human-doing” rather than “human-being”, but at night, you have the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful evening and good night’s sleep. Take a slow walk around the neighborhood after dinner or do a simple yoga pose before calling it a night.

Movement is one of the best ways to decrease stress. Start your morning with a high-intensity workout, and continue to incorporate small movements throughout your day. Simply taking a walk or doing a quick yoga pose will ensure that you are stress-free all day long!

IMG_7034e-5About: Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor and expert in functional and lifestyle medicine. An author of nine books, host and founder of Optimum Wellness Media, and Ironman triathlete, James has coached Fortune 50 and 500 companies, MLB and NFL teams, several branches of US Government and consults for companies including BackJoy, SKOOP and Kroger Grocery. He has shared his message to audiences in the US, Europe and Asia.