Exercise in general is a fantastic way to relieve stress because nearly any physical activity can combat the signs of stress by reducing the production of stress hormones in addition to relieving other signs and symptoms of stress.
However, there are many different exercises that are commonly used for stress management. These are usually exercises that promote relaxation, stretching, and/or meditation.
Yoga is a form of exercise that helps to create balance in the body. This is done through stretches and slow moving exercises that increase strength and flexibility.
Yoga is sometimes a difficult exercise for beginners, so if you intend to try this for the first time (assuming you've gotten the go-ahead from your doctor) be sure to start with a beginners program. Such as...
In addition to Yoga, many people practice meditation and breathing exercises. As this reader pointed out we sometimes forget to breath properly... or at all. Especially when we're filled with stress and tension. Gentle breathing exercises are convenient and can be done anytime or anywhere when you won't be disturbed.
Meditation in general is a great way to relieve stress as well as improve your concentration, memory, spiritual wellbeing, and overall mental wellness. Meditation is a very popular practice and you can pick up guided meditation CD's and DVD's nearly anywhere.
If you've never meditated before or if you are looking for a great instructional DVD try Gaiam's Meditation for Beginners DVD .
And don't forget that any and all physical activities can be used as stress management exercises! So get out and get active today!