I've mentioned several times that exercise is one of my favorite ways to relieve stress but I never really quite understood why it felt so good, all I knew is that it just did. Well recent research explains that the reason exercise helps to relieve stress is because it not only serves as a distraction from the stressor, but it also results in reduced muscle tension and cortisol secretion. So if you're like me and think that exercise is the best way to reduce stress, it's not all in your head (literally).
What's more? Exercise, as you already know, also improves physical fitness and can reduce your risk of disease. Knowing I am reducing my risk of disease . . . well that's enough to reduce my stress level right there. Does exercise typically help relieve you from your major causes of stress?