There is nothing like exercise when it comes to reducing anxiety -- at least that is what the latest research from the University of Georgia has to say.
In a study published this month in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 40 clinical trials were reviewed consisting of nearly 3000 people with various chronic illnesses. In 90% of the studies, people who exercised had fewer symptoms of nervousness, worry and apprehension associated with chronic illness - in fact, they had 20% less anxiety than those with chronic illnesses who did NOT exercise.
So, how long should you exercise to obtain the maximum health benefit? The study found that 30 minutes per session worked better to reduce anxiety symptoms than shorter sessions. But, strangely enough, exercise programs that lasted less than 12 weeks were more effective than programs that lasted longer. Why?
Results of the study indicated that exercise programs lasting 3 to 12 weeks were more effective than those lasting longer than 12 weeks because people are more likely to stick to an exercise program when it involves less time.
What can you do to get started on an exercise program? Here are some helpful tips: