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Reducing Stress by Exercise

Exercise is a healthful habit for another reason.  Exercise helps reduce stress. When you exercise, blood circulates through your body. You will feel more refreshed and relaxed. The increased blood flow to the brain helps you think more clearly.
Prolonged exercise causes your body to produce high levels of two substances that create feelings of well being. One of these is norepinephrine (nor ep uh NEF run). Norepinephrine is a hormone that helps transmit brain messages along certain nerves. People who are happy have higher levels of this hormone.
Beta-endorphin (BAYT uh en DOR fihn) is the other substance that creates a feeling of well being. It causes you to experience pain and distress less often. When you exercise, you may have higher levels of this substance. You feel better.

Physical exercise increases your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is a restful state of the body when there is little or no conscious thought. When you have restful sleep, you awake refreshed and energetic. 

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