“Exercise and Stress: Get moving to combat stress.” So says the Mayo Clinic.

I know, I know, I hear you moaning now, “I am too tired to get off the couch.”

But did you know that exercise, any type of exercise, will actually give you MORE energy. From aerobics to weightlifting, working out can act as a stress reliever. Whether you never hit the gym for the last 10 years or are a world class athlete, you can make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Exercise will pump up your endorphins. Endorphins are your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, sometimes referred to as a runner’s high. You can get them from a fast walk, running on a treadmill, or a good game of tennis. You will know when you hit them and the energy you receive from your “phins” will last for quite some time. Exercise can be meditation in motion. When you are doing laps in a pool your body will be concentrated only on the movement. Soon you will find that your daily tensions and worries will just drift away leaving you feeling peaceful and calm. Exercise performed on a regular basis will improve your mood. Along with feeling better, your self confidence will improve. Suffer from poor sleep? Exercise will help you sleep better because you will be feeling less stressed out. Many individual family plan health insurance policies will offer discounts to gyms. Even if you have a high deductible health plan, gym discounts would not be subject to the deductible. Also, some senior health plans are offering discounts to gym membership. As an added benefit to your wallet you may even be able to lower your health insurance premiums by lowering your blood pressure and losing weight. A licensed health insurance broker would be a good person to call to help you find a plan that offers gym membership with discounts.