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Stress and Physical Activity

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to examine the types of physical activity, the physiological benefits of physical activity, and how various types of exercise can help manage stress and improve health and well-being.
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Physical activity is essential in a program for stress management and overall health. This can include activities such as walking, running, swimming, cycling, skiing, dancing, gardening, yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi Chuan, weight lifting, stretching, as well as many other practices. These activities provide an integrative, holistic, healthy way to connect mind, body, and spirit, which improve physical, mental, and emotional health.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the components and categories of physical activity.
  • Describe the physiological benefits of physical activity.
  • Describe the benefits of yoga for stress reduction.
  • Identify the benefits of Qigong for stress reduction.
  • Identify the benefits of Tai Chi Chuan for stress reduction.
  • Identify the benefits of walking for stress reduction.
  • Describe guidelines for starting a physical activity routine for stress reduction.

Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but it can be managed effectively, and one of the best stress-management strategies is to engage in physical activity. As one component of an overall stress-management program, physical activity can decrease levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleep, reduce fatigue, improve alertness and concentration, improve immunity, and improve self-esteem, thus reducing stress. Physical activity can also decrease blood cortisol (the stress hormone) and increase endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters released from the brain that have analgesic properties and can make you feel good. When you engage in physical activity, your awareness is brought into the present moment, and this generates positive distractions from stressors. Regular physical activity may also help individuals be less susceptible to experiencing stress in the first place (Anxiety and Depression Association of America [ADAA], 2013; Halderman & Jackson, 2013; Mason, 2009; Mayo Clinic, 2013; Scott, 2013).

According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2008), physical activity generally refers to movement that works the muscles, uses more energy than resting, and enhances health. Walking, running, dancing, swimming, yoga, gardening, Qigong, Tai Chi Chuan, weight lifting, and stretching are just a few examples. Exercise is a type of physical activity that’s planned and structured (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2013).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

October 07, 2019

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.