Walking & Other Exercises
Regular exercise is one of the best stress-reduction techniques available. It improves health, and reduces stress caused by lack of physical fitness. It also relaxes tense muscles and improves sleep. Other positive benefits of exercise include:
- Improving blood flow to the brain, which brings additional oxygen and other nutrients; and
- Causing the release of chemicals called endorphins into the blood stream. The endorphins give a feeling of happiness and have an overall positive sense of well-being.
There is also good evidence that physically fit people are more able to handle the long-term effects of stress, without developing ill health or burnout. Individuals who have not been physically active should talk with their doctor or another appropriate health professional before starting an exercise program. Health Power’s Fitness Tip Sheets and other items in its Food and Fitness Channel provides a wide variety of additional information on walking, exercise and fitness. See also Aerobic Exercise in our Glossary (on every page of the website). The Health Power Section on Overweight and Obesity also provides information on burning calories for weight control.