Impact of Physical Activity on Diurnal Rhythms

A potential mechanism for exercise-induced stress resistance and stress resilience

Authored by: Monika Fleshner , Robert S. Thompson , Benjamin N. Greenwood

Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782999
eBook ISBN: 9780203132678
Adobe ISBN: 9781136477805


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Individuals vary in their susceptibility to the negative consequences of stressor exposure. The mechanisms for these differences include many factors that are beyond our control including genetic differences, age, or gender. Results from our work and others', however, suggest that maintaining a physically active lifestyle, a behavioral choice that is within our control, can reduce stress vulnerability and increase stress resistance and stress resilience.

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