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Exercise as a Stress Reliever

"You are only one workout away from a good mood."

Stress is an inevitable part of life. It's impossible to eliminate it, so people deal with it by sleeping, watching their favorite show, going out, eating, or listening to music. All these are helpful, but one of the best (and healthy) ways to manage stress, according to health experts, is by exercising.

Being active can boost your happy hormones and distract you from your daily worries. Here's how regular exercise can help reduce your stress levels:

How Exercise Reduces Stress

It stimulates the production of endorphins. Endorphins are produced to help relieve pain, reduce stress, and improve mood. You may notice a "feel good" sensation after a good workout. The more you exercise, the more endorphins your body will produce. A study suggests endorphin release occurs after 30 minutes of exercise.

It reduces the harmful effects of stress. Chronic stress can put your health at risk. When stressors are always present, they can disrupt almost all of your body's processes. Exercise is a proven way to provide stress relief and boost your heart health, build strong bones and muscles, help your insulin work better, improve your sleep quality, and sharpen focus.

The exercise involves meditation, even though many may not realize it. It's meditation in motion. Some refer to exercise as "moving meditation, " which enables people to remove their thoughts from the day's chaos. Meditation and exercise produce more calm and controlled thinking and improve creativity and concentration.

It can boost your mood. Exercise stimulates different brain chemicals, like endorphins and serotonin, making you happier, more relaxed, and less anxious. In fact, you can already get a mood-enhancement effect with just five minutes of moderate exercise. Regular exercise may also improve your sense of well-being over time.

Find an activity you enjoy and stick with it. Almost any form of physical activity can increase your fitness level while reducing stress. From bungee workouts to yoga and dance classes, there are many fun and healthy ways to fight stress. Don't be afraid to try something new. You'll be amazed at what you're capable of doing!

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