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Benefits of regular exercise for people with anxiety

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Exercise has a lot of benefits including fighting illnesses and enhancing physical condition, which is why many physicians encourage people to engage in physical activities to reduce the risk of certain diseases, and to control weight. In addition to the physical benefits of exercise, it is also considered vital for improving concentration and cognitive function, as well as managing anxiety. When you exercise, your body release endorphins, which reduces your perception of pain, and act as mood elevators. Let’s take a look at the benefits of regular exercise for reducing symptoms of anxiety. Improves mood Endorphins are “feel-good” chemicals that can relieve pain and stress. When it is released during exercise, it works like opioids in that it produces a feeling of euphoria typically experienced by people who use opioids after sudden injuries or surgery. Endorphins also help relax the mind, lift your spirits, enhance your overall feeling of wellbeing, and regulate your mood. Additionally, exercise helps reduce the production of the body’s stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which elevate your blood pressure, increase heart rate, and lead to symptoms associated with the fight or flight response. Helps release physical tension Any form of exercise, from yoga to aerobics, does your body good. Even a daily walk in the park can release physical tightness and tension throughout the body – physical symptoms commonly experienced by people with anxiety. When you feel anxious, it’s likely that you are also harboring extra energy that can fuel your anxious thoughts – running a few miles or… Read More