By Jena Williams

Exercise might be the best medicine. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever.” That means that even a 10-minute walk listening to music on your MP3 player can help you feel better.

Is it really that simple? Sure, why not!

If you get intimidated when you hear the word “exercise,” you are not alone. According the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics only 16% of the US population ages 15 and over participate in a sport or exercise on an average day. That means 84% of us can improve our health, whether physical or emotional, by just committing to a small amount of additional movement each day.

Remember the movie What about Bob? One of the main characters, Bob Wiley, was a man of many phobias, one of them likely agoraphobia which is characterized by a fear of leaving the house. Bob coached himself to leave his apartment and to get in the elevator with “baby steps.”  I think we can do that too. Exercise does not need to be a commitment to the gym or to running a 5k. It can be a 10-minute stroll around a building or your truck to release the stress of the day.

Baby steps are a great place to start.

Link to Mayo Clinic article: http://www.mayoclinic.org/exercise-and-stress/ART-20044469?pg=1