Did you know that 1 in 4 people will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives?
Anxiety is where those anxious and nervous feelings don’t subside or when they are ongoing without a particular reason or cause. Stress has a tendency to exacerbate anxiety symptoms, which can impact an individual on many levels, especially at work.
Research has looked into the effects of exercise on anxiety and mood disorders. The research concluded that exercise is an effective mechanism in combatting and reducing symptoms of anxiety. Exercise acts as an outlet for the fight or flight response- where increased adrenaline production, increased heart rate and blood pressure and feelings of anxiety/stress. Exercise helps decrease production of cortisol (the stress hormone) and increase production of endorphins (positive feelings and euphoria). There is no definitive answer on what exercise works best, which means that you can find something that you’ll enjoy, whether it’s going for a walk, or playing social sports. The recommendations are for 4-5 times a week for 30 minutes, which is equivalent to the Australian Physical Activity guidelines of 150 minutes per week.
Some other benefits of exercising include gaining confidence by reaching and setting goals. Exercise is a good method for distraction, so if you’re feeling stressed at work, why not go for a short walk? This will help clear your mind and it gets you moving. Exercise allows for social interaction, this can be through going to group classes, playing a sport or exercising with friends or family. This way it makes exercise more enjoyable if you’re with other people. Finally, exercise is a healthy way of coping, instead of turning towards alcohol or junk food, exercise is an effective method is decreasing those stress levels.
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