New Brunswick, N.J. (Nov. 6, 2020) – Rutgers University–New Brunswick Professor Brandon L. Alderman is available for interviews on how being outdoors and exercise can reduce stress following the 2020 election and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Time spent outdoors and in sunshine has been related to improvements in mood, which can help to offset some of the negative consequences or experience of stress in our lives,” said Alderman, an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health in the School of Arts and Sciences. “Exercise can serve as a form of stress management, helping to lower our physiological responses to stress and can also help us to recover more quickly to daily hassles and chronic, unrelenting stress. Unfortunately, exercise is a behavior that is often sacrificed during stressful times, exactly when we need it the most. Exercise lowers blood pressure and resting heart rate, relieves tension and improves mood. Even short 10-to-15-minute walks improve how we feel and can help to offset some of the harmful consequences of stress.”

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