Sir: I want to talk about the importance of a healthy activity called exercise and why we should adopt the habit of exercising to make our lifestyle healthy and stress-free. Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. You also know that exercise is good for your body and mind, but you are too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. By exercising I don’t mean you should do high-intensity workout daily. Any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. Walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, and dancing are all great forms of exercise. Choose anything you enjoy! You can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Exercising regularly is the single most important thing you can do for your health. It helps to control appetite, boost mood, and improve sleep. It also reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, and many cancers. The next time you’re feeling down, stressed or anxious, get off the couch and get some exercise instead. Not only you will feel confident, energized, and calm but you will be healthier and happier person for life. MUHAMMAD BILAL SHAHID Karachi Published in Daily Times, December 8th 2018.