How Exercise Helps Decrease Stress

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We all experience stress on a daily basis. Lifestyle changes have a huge impact on the amount of stress we feel and how we handle it. Exercise has many direct stress-relief benefits that can:

Increases endorphins

Physical activity helps increase the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. The feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as euphoric. That feeling, known as a "runner's high," can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

Releases tension

You’ll find that during or after a workout, you have probably forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated more on your body’s movements. Focusing on a single task, such as a sport, can help you remain calm and clear in other areas of your life.

Improves your mood 

Exercise can increase self-confidence, relax you, improve sleep, lower stress, and give you a sense of command over your body and life. Exercise also increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that moderates the brain’s response to stress and helps reduce existing mental tension.

Gets you outside

Spending time outdoors is proven to increase overall happiness and reduce stress. “Green exercise,” which is exercise in the presence of nature, has unique benefits above and beyond indoor exercise. Getting in touch with nature helps ground your body and mind so that you can reach equilibrium.