One of the ways to battle with stress is by exercising regularly because sitting and studying for hours will only add more stress. Targeted exercise goes a long way towards freeing your body from stress hormones and increasing your endorphin levels which are responsible for the feeling of happiness. Carve out time from a busy day to exercise to both keep the body healthy and as a natural outlet for reducing stress. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity such as walking or swimming or 75 minutes a week of vigorous activity such as running. A combination of moderate and vigorous activity can also be done. Virtually any form of exercise or movement can increase your fitness level while decreasing your stress. Virtually any form of exercise or movement can increase a person’s fitness level while decreasing stress at the same time. Knowing that someone is waiting for you to show up at the gym or park can be a powerful incentive. Working out with a friend, co-worker or even a family member often brings a new level of motivation and commitment to the workouts. In short, exercise increases the overall health, overall sense of well-being and at the same time reduces stress.