Exercises to Help Anxiety
Our Toxic Tuesday Challenge was about how to cope with Anxiety. What triggers Anxiety and how can we alleviate it?
Below are some exercises that can help you with anxiety.
According to studies, exercising regularly works as well as medication for some people. It helps reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
If you do this on a regular basis the effects can be long lasting.
If you do one session of vigorous exercise it can help out symptoms for hours.
If you keep it up and exercise regularly it help evermore overtime.
True Story: After I had my last child, my 4th to be exact, I developed anxiety while pregnant and it became chronic after delivery. I had never experienced anxiety before - depression, yes, but never anxiety. It was the worst feeling ever. Having the feeling of worry, fear and just an uncomfortable emotion all day, everyday, can really be draining. I lost sleep and weight weight (I got down to weighing 119 pounds from 140 to 119 after delivery). I definitely refused to take any medication; why? Because I had been on medication in the past for depression. I did not like the side effects and I always felt groggy. I decided everyday for the next month I would go to the park after dropping off my then-5 year old - -7 now, for walks with my newborn on his runner stroller. I would do 2 miles listening to music and or motivational speakers. Within the first few days my energy was better, my mood improved, and my anxiety started decreasing. I saw results immediately and decided to keep going back. I have been going for 2 years now. I can tell you it has helped tremendously. I agree with what studies show and I highly recommend it! You don’t have to go 2 miles , you can start at your own pace little by little. I also like to go biking, running and of course, dancing.
Please consult your doctor before you start any exercises of any kind to see if it’s safe for you.
These are some aerobic exercises you can try, it also helps lower your heart rate since anxiety increases your heart rate.
Swimming helps build strength and helps with cardio. This is considered an aerobic exercise because you not only build strength, but you build resistance as well.
This helps increase your mood and helps reduce stress/anxiety.
Biking is also another aerobic exercise that helps increase cardio and also helps with weight loss. You can ride a bicycle almost all year round. You can also do home exercise with a workout bicycle specific for in door use. It’s an inexpensive activity. Biking helps reduce stress/anxiety and increases your mood.
Running helps with cardio, strengthening leg muscles, building strong bones, and helps maintain a healthy weight. Having a healthy weight and body helps improve mood and mind.
Brisk Walking also helps with increasing energy and mood! It also helps with weight loss, diabetes, and cardio. Walking 20-30 minutes a few time a week boosts your stress/anxiety levels and your mind. Brisk Walking helps lift your endorphins, which helps with hormones that cause stress/anxiety.
Dancing (my favorite):
Dancing helps with emotional state of mind. By dancing you can release feelings, emotions and stress. When you hear the beat and start to dance, it helps reduce the anxiety levels because you are releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins.
Endorphins are among our brain chemicals, also known as Neurotransmitters. Sending electrical signals within the nervous system. Pain and Stress: Endorphins: Natural Pain and Stress Fighters