Exercise and Anxiety
I talk a lot about the physical benefits of exercise. But in addition to getting ripped and losing weight, there’s one other benefit to exercise that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Straight to the point, exercise also reduces stress, improves feelings of wellbeing, and fights anxiety.
Combined with the physical benefits, who wouldn’t want to live a fit and active lifestyle? This article looks more closely at the important (and potentially life-changing) associations between exercise and anxiety.
The Low-Down on Exercise and Anxiety
Let’s face it, we all live in a stressful world, and it only seems to be getting more hectic as time passes. That’s why it’s more important than ever to fight stress and reduce anxiety – so you can live your best life!
Exercise is one of the best options for coping with our anxiety-inducing lives. On a physiological level, exercise helps to lower your blood pressure (high blood pressure results from too much stress) and support your immune system. It also releases anxiety-busting chemicals like norepinephrine, which is a great way to combat anxiety and depression.
The research is pretty clear on the issue. A recent report from the American Psychological Association noted that years of scientific research have shown that active people have significantly lower rates of anxiety compared to people who lives less active or sedentary lifestyles.
So what’s really happening behind the scenes? Scientists claim that it’s a lot more than just the release of stress-fighting chemicals or the lowering of blood pressure. It seems that exercise actually better prepares your body for stressful encounters in the future, by helping the physiological systems involved in stress communicate better and mount a more effective response.