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Chapter 9. Exercise > What You Will Learn in this Chapter

What You Will Learn in this Chapter

  • To explain the role of regular exercise for increasing stress resistance.

  • To list the benefits of exercise in general.

  • To discriminate between the various types of exercise with respect to how each type affects stress resistance and setpoint.

  • To identify how much exercise you need.

  • To explain how to begin a regular exercise program.

  • To compute a healthy level of exercise based on your heart rate.

  • To maintain motivation to exercise.

  • To practice stimulus control methods for improving sleep and combating insomnia.

By far, one of the simplest and most effective methods of stress management is to engage in regular exercise. Your body immediately reacts to stress by gearing up to respond physically to a stressor. Given that the original evolutionary purpose for the fight-or-flight response was to enable humans to fight or to flee physical danger, it follows that the natural outlet for built-up physiological arousal is some type of vigorous physical activity or exertion. Exercise releases pent-up muscular tension and allows your body to return to equilibrium.


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