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Can exercise reduce stress levels?

Can exercise reduce stress levels?

There are many reasons why a person can feel stressed. For example; school, work or home life. Some forms of stress can be avoided, however, stress caused by factors such a looming exam are unavoidable. Therefore, these need to be managed.

There is not one single cure for an individual trying to cope with stress. However, one factor that has been found to potentially reduce stress is exercise. This has even been found to eliminate stress levels in an individual. Exercise has been proven to release endorphins which help the individual to experience feelings of elation and happiness. As a result, this will help to combat symptoms of stress (Hupston, 2010).

Not only will the individual be improving their mental state by reducing their stress levels, they may also improve their physical attributes through the regular exercise. As a result, this will again help to reduce stress levels because it will improve the individual’s self-confidence.

However, although exercise has been shown to reduce stress levels in some individuals, it may not work for everyone. For example, if circumstances do not enable the individual to exercise.

Nevertheless, for many people it has worked; celebrity figures such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Lindsay Lohan have even found exercise to help ease and control depression. (http://www.fitsugar.com/Exercise-Helps-Ease-Depression-Gwyneth-Paltrow-Lindsay-Lohan-13109260 ).

So, why not try it for yourselves.

References
Cairney, J., Kwan, M., Veldhuizen, S., Faulkner, G. (2013). Who uses exercise as a coping strategy for stress? Results from a national survey of Canadians. Journal of physical activity and health. Europe pubmed central.
Foley, M. (2011). Lindsay Lohan and Gwyneth Paltrow rely on healing power of exercise. Popsugar.
Hupston, F. (2010). How exercise relieves stress and anxiety. Natural News.

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