Stressed Out? Work Out!

According to a Booth Research poll of 1,000 American adults, 47% reported experiencing a greater degree of stress than just 6 months ago. The most common side effect of this stress was lack of sleep, and 85% of respondents believe that stress weakens the body's immune system. To beat back this condition, 50% turned to exercise.

The Bigger Picture: While there are other ways to beat stress, meditation isn't for everyone and you have only so much time and money for vacation. For exercise, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a minimum of between 100 and 250 minutes of moderate to high intensity cardio each week (fast walking, biking or jogging) along with at least 2 days focused on strength training. To promote muscle size and strength gains while managing that stress, we recommend intense sessions lasting between 30 and 45 minutes using an amount of weight that's approximately 75% of your one rep max (the most weight you can lift for one repetition).
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