How Exercise Reduces Stress

Regular physical exercise is a simple and effective means of reducing stress.

Physical exercise is the outlet for the body when it’s in the fight or flight state. Exercise releases the natural chemicals — such as adrenalin — that accumulate during stress. Exercise releives chronic muscle tension, reduces insomnia and decreases depression and anxiety.


Exercise also

  • Increases alertness and concentration
  • Reduces skeletal muscle tension and helps people to feel more relaxed
  • Leads to a more rapid metabolism of excess adrenaline and thyroxin in the bloodstream (i.e. it reduces the hormones which increase arousal)
  • Allows people to discharge their frustrations (which can aggravate phobias or panic reactions)
  • Helps you to feel good by stimulating the production of endorphin’s
  • Increases your energy level


Be sure to consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.


If you need more than exercise to calm your nerves and relieve stress give us a ring at 03 9819 3671 and speak to our Melbourne psychologists.