Exercise Shields Children from Stress, Research Indicates

Exercise may play a key role in helping children cope with stressful situations, according to a recent study...

When they are exposed to everyday stressors, the study found sedentary children had surges of cortisol -- a hormone linked to stress. The most active children had little or no increase in their cortisol levels in similar situations.

"The findings suggest physical activity plays a role in mental health by buffering children from the effects of daily stressors...

"These results suggest exercise promotes mental health by regulating the stress hormone response to stressors."

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