According to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America™ survey, 53 percent of Americans look to physical activity as a means of coping with their stress. Exercising or walking was the most popular form of physical activity cited, with 46 percent of respondents indicating they looked to these activities to cope with their stress.
In addition, more people seem to be looking to yoga and meditation to help them deal with their stress. While only 12 percent of respondents indicated they practice yoga or meditation to deal with stress, that marks a sizable increase from a year earlier, when 9 percent of respondents cited yoga and meditation among the methods they used to cope with stress. While they’re not physical activities, listening to music (47 percent) and prayer (29 percent) were other mechanisms people relied on to cope with their stress.