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We are all aware of the benefits of exercise. Weight control and stress reduction are just a few of the reasons to break a sweat each day.

Recently, researchers have discovered physical activity may have some effect on teenage angst as well.

A survey done at the Trimbos Institute in the Netherlands found a link between mental health and exercise in teenagers.

The survey studied 7,000 students ages 11-16. Researchers found that teens that played on sports teams had greater self-esteem and more friends than those who did not. They were also less likely to engage in negative or aggressive behaviors, and were generally happier than their more sedentary peers.

While participating in group activities could be at the root of the positive behavior, it is thought that the increased activity levels were an even greater factor.

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