Not only is exercise good for our physical health, but a new study also shows it may help with mental health as well.
According to UPI, a study published recently in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise shows that a half-hour of vigorous exercise may ease undiagnosed generalized anxiety disorder.
In the small study, 35 young adults who had subclinical or suspected (but undiagnosed) Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), spent 30 minutes running at high intensity on a treadmill. Then they spent 30 minutes sitting. The participants–both men and women–were found to be less anxious and worried after the workout session. They also felt more energetic.
Author Matthew Herring says the positive results could be due to exercise’s effect on mood-related brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine or because exercise is “a distraction from the anxiety-provoking aspects of daily life.”