New Study Finds Exercise Can Reduce Anger

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The benefits to exercise are endless. Moving your body and getting your heart rate up for just 30 minutes a day can make you healthier, help you to feel good about yourself, and make you sleep better at night.

Scientists have known for a long time that exercise can also improve your mood. Any healthy person knows that after they exercise they tend to feel happier and more relaxed. However, there was never a direct correlation with exercise and anger, until recently.

Researchers from the University of Georgia published a study that concluded exercise can help people reduce their angry mood. That is to say, when you exercise you can become a person who is less angry in general. To clarify, someone who exercises regularly could still feel the emotion anger, when triggered spontaneously by exterior events. However, if you are someone who feels anger regularly, then exercise can help reduce that feeling.

So, if you often feel as though you might just snap and freak out the next time your neighbor’s dog pees on your lawn, then maybe you should go for a bike ride instead.

Author: Lucie O’Leary

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