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Proof That Exercise Can Reduce Stress... As much as it may stress you out just to think about exercising and improving your lifestyle, once you actually start working out and making small changes, you'll experience less stress in every part of your life. "Exercise produces a relaxation response that serves as a positive distraction," says Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise. He says it also helps elevate your mood and keep depression at bay. And you're not the only person who will benefit from more happiness and less stress in your life. When you're less stressed, you're less irritable - and... Read more