The Mind and Body Connection is the most important factor in getting the most benefits from light exercise and managing stress. Some exercise to build muscle, and a certain level of physical and mental intensity is required in order to accomplish their goals.
But if your primary purpose in exercise is to reduce your stress and anxiety levels in order to maintain a desirable blood pressure level, your mind plays a major role. It’s not a matter of physical intensity, such as lifting weights. Rather, you have to focus your thoughts on your goals as you engage in light exercise.
Studies have shown that when individuals approach walking purposefully…such as counting their steps or repeating a meditation phrase…they get faster results at a leisurely pace than “power walkers” who aren’t as focused.
The Mind and Body Connection is discussed at length in my book A Unique Documentary of Health Through Nutrition.