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How Does Physical Activity Reduce Stress?

Exercise is often associated with improved physical well-being. While this certainly holds true, it can also have a positive impact on mental wellness. Although many people assume stress relief can only be solved through relaxation techniques, physical activity is a great way to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

So how exactly does exercise alleviate stress? Let’s take a closer look at the mental benefits of working out:

1. It Impacts Stress Hormones
As stated by Harvard Health Publications, working out reduces levels of adrenaline and cortisol, the widely acknowledged stress hormones, in the body. It then increases the production of endorphins, natural chemicals in the brain known to reduce pain and elevate mood – these have a reputation for giving you the “feel good” moment after conquering your workout.

Exercise reduces stress hormones and increases endorphins.Exercise reduces stress hormones and increases endorphins.

2. It Boosts Self-Confidence
Additionally, watching the weight melt off your body, or seeing muscle improvement due to exercise, can reduce stress levels by boosting your confidence. This feeling contributes to pride, self-control and morale, which can ultimately alleviate feelings of anxiety and uncertainty about your body.

How to Become Your Healthiest Self
By properly maintaining your stress levels, you can improve your mood, boost your immune system, reduce your risk of disease and illness and promote longevity. That’s what makes taking the natural route to self-wellness so important, and exercise is the perfect way there.

To improve mental, physical and emotional health, adults are encouraged to endure 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and two or more days of muscle-strengthening activities every week, according to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention. Exercise can range from power walking, swimming, biking and jogging to lifting weights and playing an intense or moderate sport with your friends and family.

Beyond exercising, don’t forget to reach out to God, as talking to him can contribute to stress relief. Praying can provide the strength you need to overcome anxiety and can give you the confidence to start a workout regimen. Additionally, following out primarily raw, plant-based diet will give your body the vital vitamins and nutrients you need to work your muscles and maintain stress levels properly.

To achieve optimal results with physical activity, we recommend trying our BarleyMax and Essential Protein Powder. BarleyMax can help you boost your energy levels, and our organic protein powder blend can fuel your muscles to recover properly after exercise.


  1. Annette August 15, 2017

    Good Blog! After reading this it helps me know that I`m doing the right steps to keep stress away from ME… I like walking and love talking to God. I think I`m going to try the swimming and biking soon. This was some good information about reduce stress.

  2. Angela Solomon August 15, 2017

    Thank you for the reminder that exercising is very important to our bodies and mind. It is not always easy to find the time to fit this into our daily schedule.

  3. Connie Gesser September 6, 2017

    It can be challenging to find time to exercise when my life is so full and I spend so much time preparing my food. I like the rebounder the best because it moves my lymph system and exercises every cell in my body.

    Protein powder is great after a workout. I had Hallelujah Diet Chocolate Protein Powder today mixed with almond butter, water and barley max. It was good after blending it in a personal blender.

  4. Fantastic! I have found that exercise greatly helps me reduce stress, but I tend to have lapses when I do not have a routine. I tend to be highly motivated by going to a class. One of my favorite experiences was doing ballroom dancing because I really liked the music and getting to know the other dancers. It is so much less expensive to just work out at home, though. Any tips for getting the motivation to work out at home?

  5. Jennifer July 24, 2019

    I definitely agree! When I take the time to just go for a walk in the afternoons I feel so much better.

  6. CAROLYN B CALHOUN August 7, 2019

    Walking is a great way to relieve stress, clear your mind, focus your thoughts and dozens of other advantages. Even if it is a short walk GO FOR IT!

  7. Annette Whitworth December 4, 2019

    Being under stress can cause alot of problems. Im glad I learned how to relieve stress with doing excerise. i go walking each morning for like 30 minutes or I do a mile everyday. I can tell the difference too. It would be good to try some of the classes at the Y to relieve the stress from your daily life too.

  8. Jennifer April 30, 2021

    Thank you for the reminder. What a difference exercise really does make in our stress levels. I agree with the self confidence too. It makes you feel better about yourself when you know you are doing what you can to stay in shape.

  9. Shirley Colee May 5, 2021

    I’m a psychotherapist. Many of my clients over the years report exercise works better than counseling or medications for them. I think simple walking is perfect. But any form is great, especially if it’s practiced daily or nearly so.

    • Melody Hord May 5, 2021

      Shirley, Exercise is truly powerful. Isn’t it remarkable that we can help resolve emotional struggles by exercising!

  10. Connie May 6, 2021

    I’m glad to learn exercise provides a wide range of benefits for physical and emotional health. I felt good this morning when I started my day by taking a walk in the park. I knew I was doing something good for my mind and body.

  11. Taking a walk and having time to pray and reflect is one of the best stress managers I have ever found. Not only is it healthy for your physical body, but it helps to build your spiritual body as well.

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