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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

10 Best Stress Busters - 2

Grab the iPod and Go

Physically active people feel less anxious and depressed. One theory why? Described in a 2006 report in the journal "Obesity," holds that aerobic exercise can increase your levels of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps the brain deal with stress more efficiently. Ideally, we should spend 30 minutes exercising five times a week, says Alice Domar, Ph.D., founder of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health in Waltham. Massachusetts, but every bit of activity helps. Amp up an activity's appeal by finding a partner -- or pair it with music or an audiobook.

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