The Importance of Exercise in Coping with Stress
Exercise decreases your risk of various metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, and decreases the opportunity for stress to worsen those diseases!
- Exercise typically helps you to feel better and more energized. In addition, there’s a sense of self-efficacy and achievement, and there’s evidence that exercise makes for a smaller stress-response to various psychological stressors.
- Exercise enhances mood, and lowers your stress-response for a few hours in the day after your exercise session. Exercise is stress reducing so long as it is something you actually want to do. Studies show that aerobic exercise is better than anaerobic exercise for health.
- Exercise needs to be on a regular basis, and for a sustained period over time. It is important to exercise a minimum of twenty or thirty minutes, three times per week, to receive health benefits.
- Remember: Don’t overdo it, and ease into a form of exercise you enjoy! As Nike says, “Just Do It!”