How Mental And Emotional Health
Can Be Improved Through Exercise
Anxiety disorders affect up to 40 million adults. That’s a lot of people walking around feeling, well, stressed out. Anxiety disorder is one of the most common psychiatric illnesses in the United States. A psychologist who studies the effects of exercise on depression and anxiety say that 10-minute walks could be comparable, or even better, than a 45-minute hardcore workout.
“Besides good sleep hygiene and healthy eating habits, exercise is a fabulous natural remedy to help combat anxiety. Anxiety is that fight/flight system in our body that responds to danger, real or perceived. Getting our bodies moving, getting our heart rate up, helps release those feel good – calm down chemicals that can reduce the anxiety response from perceived (or non-life threatening) danger. We don’t want to get rid of anxiety all together as it helps keep us safe from real danger!”
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