May 2010
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You are probably saying who has the time to exercise in this busy anxiety riddled world we live in! Let me tell you I totally understand and have been there, but the other thing I can tell you is that exercise for anxiety does work and normally if there is enough of will there is way. Furthermore, if you have yet to reach a point where you are motivated to send that nagging anxiety back to the house of nervous tension from which it came then maybe exercise for anxiety is not right for you quite yet.

Nevertheless, there is no question that that destructive symptoms of the nervous tension known as anxiety often do improve with exercise and there is no better time than now to start reaping the benefits. So let’s dig our running, walking, jogging, hiking, aerobic dance, dancing, or cross training shoes out from under the rubble in our closet and get started.

Six ways exercise can help would include:

*Triggering your body to produce feel good brain chemicals (neurotransmitters and endorphins)

*Raising overall body temperature which intern has a soothing emotional effect

*Provide a temporary distraction for your problems

*Provide social interactions which may not have occurred otherwise

*A sense of accomplishment may accompany your decision to use exercise for anxiety

*A new feeling of self confidence may be an unforeseen benefit as you meet or exceed your exercise goals and start to look and feel more healthy.

What type of exercise will work best?

I once had a friend who thought that watching others work out would make him healthier. I suspicion he simply wanted to hang around and watch the girls in the aerobics class sweat to the oldies but who knows. This approach is not on our list.

It is easy to link physical activity in terms of a health club environment with 0 body fat bodies running around but in reality there are many different options that can produce excellent results. You might take a walk in the park, join a pickup basketball league, do some canoeing, take dance lessons, do some intense gardening, wash your car, or play a game of tennis with a friend. Anything that will get you away from the computer or television and off the couch, while facilitating your goal of becoming more active will be a step in the right direction to improving your mood and releasing that pent up nervous tension.

For those of you that are chained to your desks, with literally no time or energy to exercise you might consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator, quite parking in CEOs parking place and consider parking farther away in that far away parking spot that is eternally empty, or put on a couple of leg weights on before leaving home making that walk to the office a little more challenging. Be creative when implementing exercise for anxiety, after all you use your creativity elsewhere, why not here.

How much is enough?

Generally around 30 minutes day at least 5 days a week is the number that is bandied around most often but even 10 minutes will help if done correctly. So don’t skip exercise for anxiety just because you are running short on time.

What else? Some have found herbal remedies for anxiety to be very helpful especially when combined with physical activity. While not for everyone, herbal remedies for anxiety could be that missing tool in your toolbox of tension relief. 

About the Author:
Rob Hawkins is an enthusiastic advocate for the use of natural health products and natural living with over 10 years experience in the field.Learn more about natural remedies and natural health at purchase
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