Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Fitness News: Regular Exercise Reduces Anxiety by 20 Percent and Improves Quality of Life

A new study appearing in the Archives of Internal Medicine further proves that exercise is directly linked to emotional well-being.

The results of 40 randomized clinical trials of nearly 3,000 patients with varied medical conditions showed that on average patients who worked out regularly reported a 20 percent reduction in anxiety symptoms compared to those who did not.

Conditions of patients studied included heart disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer and chronic pain from arthritis. In 90 percent of the studies examined, the patients randomly assigned to exercise had fewer anxiety symptoms, such as feelings of worry, apprehension and nervousness, than the control group.

"Our findings add to the growing body of evidence that physical activities such as walking or weight lifting may turn out to be the best medicine that physicians can prescribe to help their patients feel less anxious," said lead author Matthew Herring, a doctoral student in the department of kinesiology, part of the UGA College of Education.

[Source: Archives of Internal Medicine]

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