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Exercise Reduces Stress

Another Reason to Exercise: Relieve Stress

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?


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
Definitely. Working out lets me get all my frustrations out and then I'm better able to deal with everything else in my day.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
i totally agree. working out always makes me feel better.
AMP AMP 9 years
I'm almost at that stage where I get stressed if I DON'T exercise. I know that's not good either, but it just makes me feel so good that I feel bad if I don't get anything in.
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
me too toodledoo ;)
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
Yes indeed. I push myself much harder and lift much heavier weights when I'm upset. It's not all that often as I do yoga and meditate daily and keep stress mostly at bay. However, my workouts got real intense on and after 9/11.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
So true!!!
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
I feel SO much better after a work out. I have been so stressed lately because of work, and well, life in general. Its good to know I have the gym to curb the stress, and keep me fit at the same time :)
toodledoo toodledoo 9 years
Exercise and wine are my best stress-busters...Not at the same time, of course! I have some of my best workouts when I'm mad or upset...I just picture every step on the treadmill or stair climber is squashing whatever is eating at me and usually end up working that much harder.
linb linb 9 years
I thankfully have a low-stress lifestyle. I began exercising to relieve my anxiety attacks, and so far it has helped a little.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Same here. Just the other week I was SOOOOOOO pissed off about something and I went to the gym and just thought about it and I really worked out hard from it and felt a tad better afterwards.
FitSweetie FitSweetie 9 years
Yes!!! Exercise is THE BEST medicine for when I'm stressed, angry, depressed or sad.
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