Moderate exercise can ease stress, study says

People are seen participating in cycling class in this undated photo.

September 18, 2012 1:59:33 PM PDT
We've all heard that exercise can improve your mood, but does it really help you if you're stressed?

A new study finds moderate exercise can help people manage future stress and anxiety. An added bonus: the emotional and mental health benefits of exercise may last long after a workout ends.

Scientists say their study found that exercise helps to buffer the effects of "emotional" exposure.

So, for instance, if you exercise, you'll not only reduce your anxiety, but you'll be better able to reduce your emotions when confronted with a stressful or highly intense situation.

This study appears in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.