Heavy Exercise To Keep Anxieties Under Control
Due to the huge amount of stress people nowadays are exposed to, anxieties do not delay to appear and it usually affects people who are more sensitive and more prone to develop some sort of mental illnesses.
According to a new study, however, it seems that anxieties can be held under control very well by doing heavy exercise. It seems that if people who have high anxiety sensitivity engage in high levels physical activities, the way in which they respond to anxieties may change. They may even not be anxious at all in these circumstances.
According to Dr. Jasper Smits of Southern Methodist University, who led the study, high levels of anxiety sensitivity can trigger many nasty stuff, among which panic attacks and other related disorders. Furthermore, the study shows that this factor of risk may be less threatening for people who engage in high levels of physical activities daily. Of course, previous studies made on the issue already demonstrated that engaging in physical activities helps people cope better with depression and anxiety and this study only comes to support the others.
“We’re not suggesting, ‘Exercise instead of pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy,’” Smits said. But exercising is a very useful and cheap way for those people who do not have the possibility to follow a more traditional treatment including pills or other such things. Plus, all physicians around the world recommend exercising and it does good not only to your body health, but also to your mental health, as exercises can improve that too. Exercise may become a more effective strategy and an alternative to all the medication people get for depression and anxiety.
In what concerns anxiety sensitivity, this is represented by the extent to which people fear they will get hurt by typical anxiety sensations such as rapid heart beat, shortness of breath and dizziness. According to previous research, it seems that the higher anxiety sensitivity in a person, the greater are his or her risks of having panic attacks or other related psychological disorders. By doing this new study, the researchers wanted to see whether anxiety moods are still present in people who engage in heavy physical activities. Thus, they recruited 145 volunteers and they made sure none of the participants had any history of panic attacks.
The people who took part in the study had to complete some questionnaires and answer to some questions related to the amount of physical activity they engage in every day and also some questions related to the anxiety sensitivity. After they all completed the questionnaires, they were asked to stay in a room and inhale carbon dioxide. It is well known that inhalation of carbon dioxide gives some bodily sensations similar to those of a panic attack, such as rapid heart beat, dizziness and so on. What the researchers discovered was that people who had reported engaging more in physical activities had responded less to the stressors. That means that those who engage in heavy physical activity are able to control their anxieties.11