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How much exercise do I need to do to lower stress?

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Just 20 minutes a day of aerobic exercise will help calm your mind and lower stress hormones.

Exercise also boosts endorphins, brain chemicals that improve your mood. Even light exercise can relax you, though harder workouts offer greater health rewards.

Check with your doctor before you start a new exercise program.

From: 7 Ways to Beat Stress WebMD Medical Reference

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American Medical Student Association: "Health Hint: "Breathing Exercises" and "Abdominal Breathing Technique."

News release, University of California, Davis.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): "Meditation: An Introduction."

Harvard Medical School: "Exercising To Relax;" Sleep and Mood;" and "Adopt Good Sleep Habits."

Rakel, D. 3rd edition, Elsevier, 2012. Integrative Medicine,

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine: "Eat Right, Drink Well, Stress Less."

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University of Florida: "Stress Management: Ways To Cope."

American Heart Association: "Four Ways To Deal with Stress."

The Ohio State University Research News: "Omega-3 Reduces Anxiety and Inflammation in Healthy Students."

PsychologyToday.com: "Vitamin C: Stress Buster."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Q&A on Stress for Adults: How it affects your health and what you can do about it" and "How does stress affect your overall health?"

American Medical Student Association: "Health Hint: "Breathing Exercises" and "Abdominal Breathing Technique."

News release, University of California, Davis.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): "Meditation: An Introduction."

Harvard Medical School: "Exercising To Relax;" Sleep and Mood;" and "Adopt Good Sleep Habits."

Rakel, D. 3rd edition, Elsevier, 2012. Integrative Medicine,

UCLA Center for East-West Medicine: "Eat Right, Drink Well, Stress Less."

News release, American Chemical Society, November 11, 2009: "New evidence that dark chocolate helps ease emotional stress."

University of Florida: "Stress Management: Ways To Cope."

American Heart Association: "Four Ways To Deal with Stress."

The Ohio State University Research News: "Omega-3 Reduces Anxiety and Inflammation in Healthy Students."

PsychologyToday.com: "Vitamin C: Stress Buster."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

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