Weight Gain Linked to Stress
Exercise Stress Away
Why exercise helps continued...
Exercise may reduce stress in another way. "Just getting up
and moving for five minutes is helpful," says Peeke, "because you have
distracted yourself from what's causing you stress and allowed your quiescent
body to move and stretch and awaken."
Of course, five minutes of exercise may help, but it won't do
much if you also hope to burn some calories. For a bigger payoff, Peeke
suggests 45 minutes of exercise every day, even if you break it up into
For Alison McCormick, the idea of a scientific link between
exercise, stress, and weight gain wasn't very surprising. "I intuitively
knew that exercise would help me feel less stressed out, and now that I'm
running two miles three times a week, I do feel calmer," she says. And, by
the way, she's lost 7 pounds.
Daryn Eller is a freelance writer in Venice, Calif. Her work
has appeared in Health, Fitness, and many other publications.