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More and more research is showing that increasing the amount of activity you do is as beneficial for your mental and emotional wellbeing as it is for your physical health.

Exercise is a great stress reducer because it dissipates "nervous energy," and it also helps you to feel relaxed. A single aerobic workout "burns off" stress hormones  rather than allowing them to linger in the body. Regular aerobic exercise actually decreases the level of stress hormones released during stressful responses such as anger and fear. Regular exercise will help you to feel calmer and more able to cope with stressful situations.

Below are some of the added benefits of exercise:Improved self-esteem

  • Improved mental alertness, perception and information processing
  • Decreased feelings of frustration
  • Decreased feelings of stress and tension
  • Increased ability to deal with daily hassles
  • Decreased levels of anger and irritability