Anxiety and depression, if left unchecked, can overwhelm a person and can cause physical and long-lasting emotional problems. Severe anxiety disorder should be monitored and treated by a professional.
Mild anxiety and depression can be overcome by simple exercises.
Exercise is a powerful tool which enhances your physical and mental health.
Sally R. Connolly, a therapist at the Couples Clinic of Louisville in Kentucky, says research shows that at least 30 minutes of exercise, three to five days a week can make a significant difference in one’s health and well being. Exercises help to alleviate stress and its effects remain longer than the drugs used for the same purpose.
Exercise is beneficial to those who:
- are physically inactive
- are prone to anxiety and depression
Workouts for Anxiety and depression
Brisk walking, spot Jogging, swimming, running, tennis, cycling and dancing are the best aerobic workouts for warding off anxiety and depression.
Yoga is popular for alleviating anxiety. It combines physical movement and deep breathing with meditation to calm the mind.
"Anxiety is usually linked to an increased heart rate," notes Connolly. Those who have never exercised can get an exercise prescription from your GP.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends people with mild to moderate depression to take part in three sessions a week, lasting about 45 minutes to one hour, over 10 to 14 weeks.
During exercise, your heart rate shoots up, but as your fitness level improves, your heart begins to work efficiently.
Heart and lung functions improve due to regular aerobic activity and can help offset feelings of anxiety. Physical activity stimulates a variety of brain chemicals allowing you to be happy and relaxed. Exercising regularly can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem thus lowering the possibility of anxiety and depression.