Exercise has been proven to be a great form of relieving stress. No matter what type it is. It could be yoga, hiking, running, or even walking the dog. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise has three direct effects that help relieve stress:
1) It releases endorphins. Endorphins are released into the blood, spinal cord and brain and essentially make you happy.
2) It is a form of meditation while keeping yourself moving. This helps you forget your low points of the day and move on.
3) It improves your overall mood. Exercising can increase your self confidence and definitely make you feel not so bad about eating that donut in the morning.
Madeleine Walton is a current pre-physical therapy student at the University of Portland and had this to share about her thoughts on exercise during finals week.