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Exercise & Cortisol Levels

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author image Sara Mahoney
Sara Mahoney is a Ph.D. candidate in exercise physiology at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests are cancer-related fatigue and mitochondrial biogenesis. She also is the assistant coach for the women's cross country and track teams at USC. She began her professional writing career in 2009 and has written articles for various online publications.
Exercise & Cortisol Levels
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Although many people may think of stress as unhealthy, exercise is generally a positive stressor that stimulates your body to grow stronger. Because exercise causes stress, it can influence levels of the primary stress hormone in your body, cortisol, which is produced in the adrenal glands that sit on top of your kidneys.

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