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The Importance of Exercise as Stress Relief


Stress is something we all encounter normally during the days, weeks and months of the year. To live a life that has no stress isn’t much of a life. But what happens when we let stress consume us? What happens when we start to have mental, emotional, and physical problems because of it? What can we do to help “dial down” our stress levels?

Fortunately, one thing we have control over is our level of physical activity, which has actually been proven to help curb levels of stress, especially if practiced regularly. Regular exercise can help curb stress to keep levels manageable and dealt with in a safe and proper manner. This has been shown many times over in scientific studies!


Today, we share some if our best knowledge on the importance of exercise as stress relief.

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In This Episode You Will Learn:

1). How having high stress levels without addressing them can lead us down a path to where we may become very sedentary and avoid exercise altogether which is an unfavorable outcome.

2). Why exercise is usually the first thing that gets sacrificed when we are stressed out and what we can do to help avoid this.

3). How learning from people that do exercise regularly to dial down stress can inspire and help you embrace this practice during stressful times in your own life.


4). Why exercising is not only good for our stress levels but also provides protection to our immune system which also helps guard us against getting sick thus, adding more stress, especially if you lead a busy lifestyle.

5). Why it’s important to start off slow and small if you aren’t used to exercising regularly to give your body the best chance to progress properly into a schedule that allows you to be active and help control stress.

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Originally published March 07, 2023


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