Exercise and Anxiety


Exercise is not just about weight management and cholesterol. Exercise actually reduces anxiety. When you feel anxious, your brain produces chemicals in response to that “threat” and you go into “fight or flight” mode. Ever wonder when the perceived “threat” leaves the room, you still feel a tight stomach? That is because your brain needs to be told there is no longer a “threat.” When your heart rate increases and you begin to sweat, your body reports to your brain that there is “no threat.” Your brain then returns to a calm state which decreases your overall anxiety.

Everyone should find time to exercise at least 30 minutes a day 3x per week to ward off the effects of lingering anxiety and reduce overall stress. For those of you who are full of excuses such as “I don’t have time, nor money for gym membership, nor the room…” here is the answer for you. Check out Personal Trainer Concita Thomas showing you how to get the exercise you need in 20 minutes a day in a very small space (no equipment required). Sweat your way into a calmer less anxious you.