Relieving Stress With Exercise

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on  October 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM Lifestyle News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

Only 40 percent of Canadians exercise to cope with stress, finds a research study out of McMaster University. Other means of coping with stress include problem-solving, etc.
 Relieving Stress With Exercise
Relieving Stress With Exercise

The researchers analyzed data from Statistics Canada's Canadian Community Health Survey of nearly 40,000 Canadians 15 and older. Of 13 coping behaviours or strategies polled, exercise was ranked eighth, meaning people were more likely to cope with stress by problem-solving; looking on the bright side, trying to relax, talking to others, blaming oneself, ignoring stress or praying, rather than being active.

"We know stress levels are high among Canadians, and that exercise is effective at managing stress and improving health and well-being, so the fact exercise is number eight and that less than half of the population use it is worrisome," said principal investigator John Cairney, a professor of family medicine, and psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences, at McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

The study, published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, also found that younger, single, more educated and more active adults as well as women were more likely to use exercise for stress release. As well, the individuals who reported using exercise to combat stress were more likely to endorse other positive coping strategies and less likely to use alcohol or drugs for coping.Encouraging exercise, especially in groups identified as being less likely to use exercise to cope with stress, could potentially reduce overall stress levels and improve general health and well-being, said Cairney.

"Exercise as a coping strategy for stress can be a 'win-win' situation because there are both mental and physical health benefits."

Source: Eurekalert

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Related Links

More News on:

Palpitations And Arrhythmias Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Stress Relief Through Alternative Medicine Stress and the Gender Divide Andropause / Male Menopause Tips to Live Longer Heart Attack- Lifestyle Risks Exercise and Fitness Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Body Types and Befitting Workouts 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

News Category

News Archive

Loading...