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Exercise To Relieve Stress
[Translation]
From the physiological point of view, stress is a process of human adaptation to environment. The impact of stress on physical health includes heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, insomnia, stomach problems, cancer, and the like. In addition, stress can also result in a variety of functional disorders, such as nerve breakdown and skin lesions. Exercise, making friends, seeking help, etc. can relieve stress. Chen 1 said that exercise is an excellent method to relieve stress, because it allows the body to increase serotonin. Exercise can bring you good mood and help you sleep well. There is a "3-threes" principle in doing exercise; i.e., 3 days a week, 30 minutes a day, and push the heartbeat rate to130/minute. Brisk walking and swimming, for example, are the best exercise to meet that requirement. She also suggested that we try to go out to enjoy the nature during weekends and holidays. Learn abdominal breathing to relax and to relieve stress. Build a social network and talk to friends about your problems. All these, with positive thinking, are the important aspects in self-training. As adults, dealing with pressure can not be avoided, but there are options we can choose. Through exercise, social circle, and establishment of a religion we can make long-term adjustments in thinking. With the right attitude towards pressure, then we can continue with progress.

1 Chen (û), born 1970 in Taipei, is a PhD. (Health Psychology) at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She was awarded the Best Teacher Award in Rutgers and APA's award in Doctoral Dissertation Research. She published in 2006 a book "Stress and Well-being" in Chinese called "Pressure: an enemy or a friend?" It has been quite popular to office workers. The same year in May, the U.S. Army headquarters honored her with the Special Service Award in recognition of her outstanding teaching in and distinguished contribution to West Point and the U.S. Army.