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How can getting exercise help manage stress?

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Get moving: Exercise eases stress by letting you blow off tension. Flexible muscles are also less likely to become tense when you're stressed. If you have a medical condition, are over age 45, or haven't been active for a while, it’s best to check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine, so you know what's OK for you to do.

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association.

CDC.

Harvard Health Publications.

HealthyPeople.gov.

National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists.

University Health Center, University of Georgia.

Scripps Health.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association.

CDC.

Harvard Health Publications.

HealthyPeople.gov.

National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists.

University Health Center, University of Georgia.

Scripps Health.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

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