Exercise Protects Against Stress, Research Shows

Many people enjoy a good sweat because it helps them cope with anxiety and stress. But a new study from researchers at the University of Maryland found that moderate exercise can have a lasting effect, too.

“We found that exercise helps to buffer the effects of emotional exposure,” said J. Carson Smith, an assistant professor in the university’s Department of Kinesiology. “If you exercise, you’ll not only reduce your anxiety, but you’ll be better able to maintain that reduced anxiety when confronted with emotional events.”

The study appears in the Aug. 14 edition of the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

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