Exercise to Decrease Anxiety8/5/2013
Regular physical exercise is a simple and effective means of reducing stress.
Physical exercise is the outlet for the body when it’s in the fight or flight state. Exercise releases the natural chemicals — such as adrenalin — that accumulate during stress. Exercise relieves chronic muscle tension, reduces insomnia and decreases depression and anxiety.
- increases alertness and concentration
- reduces skeletal muscle tension and helps people to feel more relaxed
- leads to a more rapid metabolism of excess adrenaline and thyroxin in the bloodstream (i.e. it reduces the hormones which increase arousal)
- allows people to discharge their frustrations (which can aggravate phobias or panic reactions)
- helps you to feel good by stimulating the production of endorphins
- increases your energy level
Be sure to consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
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