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Reduce Stress by

Exercising

During times of stress getting enough exercise is of utmost importance. Staying fit through exercise reduces the production of stress hormones. Think of exercise as the ultimate stress reducer.

While physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the negative effects of stress, you don’t have to be an athlete or spend hours in a gym to experience the benefits. Just about any form of physical activity can help relieve stress and reduce anger, tension, and frustration. Not only does exercise release endorphins that prompt a positive mood and good feelings, but it can also serve as a valuable time-out or redirection from your daily activities.

Aerobic exercise, in particular, can be one of the most effective approaches for dealing with stress because it can improve your cardiovascular system and decrease anxiety. Experts recommend that the aerobic part of your exercise be at least 15 minutes and, depending on your age, be done with at least a day’s rest between any two of the same routines in order to let your body recuperate. For optimal benefits, you should exercise at least three days a week in order to improve not only your health, but also your mental outlook.

You don’t have to go to a gym or buy expensive equipment to get aerobic exercise. Walking or jogging around your neighborhood qualifies. Bicycle riding is also a good option. If you can’t leave your house, you can easily find online workout routines or physical fitness apps on the Internet. The key is to do something to move your body and get your heart rate up.

Any increase in aerobic activity will increase the flow of nutritious blood to your brain, which neuroscientists agree is a good thing. It should also be noted that individuals who are more physically fit experience fewer health troubles. They are also less likely to suffer from psychological problems such as depression, binge eating, insomnia, or other similar type challenges. Exercise on a regular bases takes discipline—but a disciplined life leads to a healthy and happier life.

Tip: Incorporating exercise into your life is critical for good health. If you have not been exercising, start slowly to allow your body to adjust to your new routine. Increase your physical activity and decrease your stress.

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