Exercise Reduces Stress, Anxiety & Depression…Even When You Hate it!

Excerise-Reduces-Stress-Anxiety-Depression-The-Positive-PearA new study performed by the University of Colorado Boulder and published April 2013 in the European Journal of Neuroscience, shows that even when you dislike exercise, or you’re forced to engage in it by a doctor or fitness instructor that you will still reap the amazing benefits. Many past studies have shown that people who engage in regular exercise are protected against stress related disorders, but scientist wanted to know if the same results were present when the perception of control was removed. Why this study was needed I have no idea, but it’s nice to have additional scientific proof as to the benefits of exercise. In the study performed by researches to attain these results, it was noted that the sedentary rats, the rats who sat on the sofa and watched TV or surfed the web all day, froze when faced with stress. The longer they remained embolized by fear, the more residual anxiety they experienced. Those rats who ran on mechanized wheels, on a regular, predetermined schedule for a period of 6 weeks, never experienced the “deer in headlights” syndrome and managed their exposure to stress much better. What does the study prove? Well, if you are a healthy person who is exposed to high amounts of stress in your daily life, or you are prone to anxiety and depression as with those who battle Fibromyaglia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Ankylosing Spondylitis and many other invisible chronic illnesses, you will find that you are better equipped to manage daily stress and symptoms such as anxiety and depression with regular & consistent forms of exercise. So Let’s Get Moving & keep it moving for a minimum of 6 weeks!!

Examples of exercises that are beneficial for various conditions

3 thoughts on “Exercise Reduces Stress, Anxiety & Depression…Even When You Hate it!

  1. This is very true but as someone with ME / CFS I know that exercise can be a tricky thing for the chronically ill especially when post exertion fatigue is a major concern. I practice yoga and walk daily. These are the forms of exercise ‘safe’ for my illness for me; that I can do and feel good from rather than making my symptoms worse. So I agree exercise definitely makes us feel better but be careful you don’t over do it, especially if you’ve got a chronic illness like ME / CFS.

    • Hello myjourneythrume and thank you so much for your insightful comment. Yes, I agree that exercise can indeed be quite tricky for those of us with any form of invisible chronic illness, but especially for those of us who live with Fibromyalgia & CFS/CFIDS/ME. What you are referring to is Post-Exertional Malaise which is prominent among chronic fatigue sufferers and is usually connected with excessive amounts of cardiovascular exercise. However, I think it’s important for sufferers to know that daily exercise is not at all harmful and while we work hard to manage our symptoms we want to avoid becoming sedentary, which is often what happens with many who are battling chronic illness. Balance is of course crucial, so we need to listen to our bodies and vary our workouts accordingly. Yes, we are a bit fragile than most, but we are also much stronger than we think.There is a link to the exercise page here on TPP within this article, where this is addressed: https://thepositivepear.com/exercise/ Please feel free to check it out if you haven’t already. Thank you so much for stopping by and please come back to visit again soon. Have a wonderful day & Be Well.

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