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Exercises Reduce Stress
LIZ WEISS, CNN CORRESPONDENT
Exercise offers all the obvious benefits, bigger muscles and a healthier heart. But it also calms our nerves.
It's a great way of getting your tensions out and really getting a good night's sleep.
ROB SMITH, PH.D., PSYCHOLOGIST
And when you exercise, your body is releasing endorphins. And that's something that's like a natural morphine like substance that pumps through your body, and that helps to relax you.
All forms of exercise help people to lighten up, but Smith says aerobic exercise may be the most effective.
That would include things like jogging, using the treadmill, biking. UNIDENTIFIED
For me I am a runner, so that's the best thing for me to reduce stress.
You don't have to break a major sweat to chill out with exercise. Experts say just 30 minutes of brisk physical activity most or all days of the week can offer a powerful benefit.
Upward as you inhale, and downward as you exhale.
For a change of pace from the workout room, Healthpoint in Waltham, Massachusetts offers no sweat, big gain, a relaxation class where participants can detox from the day.
Besides, you know, pumping iron, it's nice to relax.
Since I am a type A person, it's very difficult for me to relax. I am intense, and I have to really work at it
Deep breath up.
Relaxation and regular fitness are simple tools for getting a grip on stress.
It's just an opportunity to leave it all behind, put your cell phone in your gym locker and focus on yourself.