I do NOT have any backache problems, nor any pain in the joints. Recommendations please, keeping these points in view.
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You have some good answers already so I will just add to the list and give you some other points to consider:
Regularity - Increasingly studies are showing that Regular Exercise:
The key is being regular. Convenience, positive feedback and doing something you enjoy will help you keep more regular with your exercises. Also, having a partner or exercise buddy can help you keep going when you don’t want to exercise.
The UT Southwestern study found that different levels of exercise intensity are effective for different people:
To give you an idea of an effective schedule of intensity and frequency, a study in 2005 found that:
A heart rate monitor will help you determine the level of your exercise intensity and your exercise target heart rate.
Breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation exercises are also helpful to reduce stress. As Lauren pointed out, yoga is an excellent choice as it encorporates all of these.
Any kind of exercise can help relieve stress, depression, and anxiety by releasing endorphins and providing a distraction, among other things. I'd imagine that yoga would be particularly good, since it concentrates on breathing and mental relaxation as well as physical exercise. It's also good because it doesn't require any equipment, and you can do it anywhere, including in your own home. You might try some body weight exercises too, if you really want to stay inside.
However, it may actually be more beneficial to exercise outdoors than indoors. According to this article:
Not to mention the fact that you'll get more social interaction if you go outside.
I see others recommended getting outside, I'll stay with your specifics of indoor stress and depression focus exercises. I would recommend that you get a heavy bag, some good bag gloves and tack out what you need to on the bag. There's a lot to be said for contact reducing stress (aka beating the heck out of something)
For me, a hard, aerobic workout is by far best. You can do this on a stationary bike, treadmill, stair or elliptical trainer, etc. I realize this may not be the norm, but it's something to consider.