Image for exercise and motivation article Stress is difficult to define. It may come from one or many sources. It may be brief, or last a long time. It may be one thing, or a combination of many things. Work, family life, money, and even weather can make you feel anxious, tired, or even depressed.

Stress can cause physical changes as well. You may notice a change in sleep patterns or your appetite. It can cause stomach distress and headaches. Over time it can even contribute to serious health issues like heart disease.

Physical activity is one of the best ways to relieve stress. It is a fast way to set you on the right track to better overall health.

Exercise is YOU time. It is an opportunity to give your mind a break and help your body relax. Using physical activity to combat stress has been shown to:

  • Boost your mood
  • Boost your self-confidence
  • Relieve anxiety and feelings of depression
  • Improves alertness
  • Gives you a better night's sleep—which will also make you feel even better

The best thing about physical activity is that you can start at any age, in any condition, and see positive results.