Regular Exercise Can Cut The Risk of Anxiety
While this probably won't come as surprising news to those who are physically active and workout regularly, a recent study which appeared in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry found that those who workout or are physically active are 60% less likely to develop anxiety.
Again, this probably doesn't come as a surprise to those of you who do workout regularly and stay active. Working out and training causes your body to circulate endorphins and it's a great way to work stress, anxiety and anger out of your system. Well a recent study by a Swedish team actually backs up this concept most of us already knew.
Anxiety disorders which typically develop early in life tend to affect about 10% of people, with women being at twice the risk of developing anxiety compared to men. Well it turns out you can cut down that risk significantly by staying physically active.
A team from Sweden discovered that among those who participated in a cross country ski race between 1989 and 2010 had a "significantly lower risk" of developing anxiety compared to non-skiers during that same period. The Swedish Team examined data from almost 400K individuals in one of the largest ever studies across both men and women.
What the group found was that the group with a more physically active lifestyle had almost a 60% lower risk of developing anxiety over a follow up period of up to 21 years. This lower risk of anxiety was seen across both men and women.
While the study looked at cross country skiers, this doesn't mean you have to become a cross country skier which is likely a relief to those of you who live in warmer climates. That said any form of exercise will likely yield the same benefits of keeping fit on mental health.
If you'd like to checkout the study for yourself you can do so here.