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Work Your Anxiety Off With Exercise

Work Your Anxiety Off With Exercise
Work Your Anxiety Off With Exercise


Work your anxiety off with exercise


By now, you probably have a clear understanding that I suffer from anxiety attacks, and that I struggled with accepting that I have an anxiety disorder. I first began seeking different options and ways to cope with anxiety when I realized that I felt helpless every time it happened. During my research on managing anxiety, exercising regularly was listed as an effective form of treatment for reducing anxiety and overall stress levels. Fortunately for me, I really enjoy cardio exercise, even though it can get boring running on the treadmill while staring at the hot guy lifting weights; but then I remember how great I feel afterwards, and the rest is history after an hour or so.


Exercise is something we should all be doing for at least 2 hours per week to maintain a healthy lifestyle, along with proper diet and nutrition. I am very excited to share another reason why you should try to implement or continue making exercise a part of your daily routine.


Several studies have shown that exercising is effective when it comes to reducing stress and anxiety. They performed these studies by looking at the effects of stress on the brain. When we are under stress, the brain releases a hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol helps during stress by keeping blood sugar and blood pressure up to help escape from danger. Like many other things in life, sometimes having too little or too much of something can be harmful to the body. For example, too much release of cortisol as a result of long-term stress can be bad for the brain cells by causing them to be excited to death. By exercising or engaging in any physical activity, we produce our own natural painkillers (endorphins) and also improve our sleeping habits, which then helps reduce stress and anxiety. This helps support how exercise can be a cheaper, convenient and effective form of therapy to apply on yourself at any time. I can testify to this because I use it frequently to reduce my anxiety and stress.


I have a few fitness tips that I use to reduce my anxiety, stress, and maintain an overall healthy lifestyle that may work for you guys. Here are few of them:


  • For beginners; find a form of physical exercise that you find enjoyable; it can be walking, jogging, running or biking.
  • Set a small, attainable daily goal for yourself; be consistent and realistic with your goals.
  • Apply some form of entertainment during your exercise routine. This can be listening to your favorite music, watching movies, or any television show you enjoy. For me, I enjoy listening to Chris Brown, Trey Songs and my all-time favorite African songs. I also enjoy watching Judge Judy.
  • Invite a friend to workout with you and periodically switch up your exercise activities; this might make it less boring for you.
  • Be patient with results and remember that consistency is all you need.







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