Thursday, February 25, 2010

Exercise Reduces Anxiety

Previously, a lot of researches have been done and investigated for depression. Depression refers to an illness where the suffered individual might experience lowly mood and aversion to activity. The stages before that, many refer to it as "anxiety". Though anxiety is not always being associated as a situation on par or worse than depression, but it holds quite similar characteristics with depression which characterized by cognitive, somatic, emotional, and behavioral components. But anxiety is often overlooked, until it turns into major depression disorder.

In the 22nd Feb edition of Archives of Internal Medicine, a group of researchers have analyzed the results of 40 randomized clinical trials which involved for about 3,000 patients with a variety of medical conditions, namely heart disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer, chronic pain from arthritis. The consequence, patients who exercised regularly were reported in showing a 20 percent reduction in anxiety symptoms compared to those who did not exercise.

Reducing anxiety through exercise seems to be a great way as far as the study is concerned. But previously, exercise has been overlooked as a method in decreasing the possibility of anxiety occurrence. Currently, physicians often prescribe that light exercises such as walking to strength training such as weight lifting are great exercises which could potentially reduce anxiety.

Apart from that, exercise which are done longer than 30 minutes appear to be better than exercises which lasted for less than 30 minutes.

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