Exercise & Anxiety
In my last post I talked a lot about my experience with anxiety, so I want to keep this one short and sweet.
From time to time, maybe when I’m stressed or really tired, or sometimes for reasons unknown to me, I start to feel anxiety creeping in. It’s especially apparent if, for whatever reason, I’ve been unable to exercise for a few days.
When I feel like this, the best thing I can possibly do it exercise. As soon as my workout is over I end up kicking myself for not doing it sooner, as it eliminates every last trace of anxiety. But hey, better late than never, right?
So next time you’re feeling a bit restless, depressed or just a bit down, give exercise a go; I’ll bet you that you feel 10 times better afterwards.
You don’t have to go full game face, smash out new PBs or even break a sweat (but by all means go for it if that’s what you fancy!) It’s just as effective if you would prefer to go for a gentle jog, cycle or swim. Even taking your dog (or yourself) for a simple walk can help. Just as long as you’re moving about.
For me, regular exercise is what keeps my anxiety at bay. I always feel awesome after a workout and it gives me a sense of achievement – just for getting off my arse and improving my health, wellbeing and not to mention body composition!
No one’s ever come away from a workout thinking, “Damn, should have just sat that one out…” And that’s because exercise gives you endorphins! Aside from providing you with these happy hormones, exercise has been well known to reduce an array of different aches and pains, including menstrual-related pain, musculoskeletal & joint pains and lets not forget mental pain.
In a study published by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, it says:
“Numerous epidemiological studies have shown that exercise improves one’s self-esteem, and a sense of wellbeing. Individuals who exercise regularly exhibit slower rates of age-related memory and cognitive decline in comparison to those who are more sedentary. Such observations have provided the basis for using exercise to improve memory and cognition in cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s Dementia. Adults who engage in regular physical activity experience fewer depressive and anxiety symptoms, thus supporting the notion that exercise offers a protective effect against the development of mental disorders (van Minnen et al., 2010).”
…And I can tell you first hand just how effective exercise is, not only as a preventative measure, but also as a treatment for anxiety, depression and all the nastiness that comes along with those disorders.
There has been increasing awareness of the seriousness of mental health issues, which is great – don’t ever feel like your problems are less important just because they’re not physical.
If you want to know what getting ‘high on life’ feels like, try working out, I promise you won’t be left disappointed.
Thanks for reading guys, you’re awesome!
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