How Does Exercise Reduce Anxiety And Depression?

Exercise Can Help Reduce Anxiety and Depression. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

How can I relax my stressed mind?

Research shows adults who engage in regular physical activity experience fewer symptoms related to depression and anxiety. Aside from helping them feel better, many people claim physical activity helps ward off future feelings of anxiety and depression.


Running’s a very popular activity in the fitness world — and for good reason. This exercise is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, calm the mind and improve a person’s mood. Ben Michaelis, PhD is an evolutionary clinical psychologist. As an expert, he explains that running’s repetitive nature appears to have a meditative effect on the brain. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself some comfortable running shoes and get to work!

Running Can Help Boost Your Mood and Reduce Your Anxiety (Image Source: Pixabay)

Hiking In The Outdoors

Many people enjoy exploring the beauty of nature by heading out on a hike. Research shows that doing so might have a profound impact on relaxing a stressed-out mind.

Hiking In The Outdoors Can Help Relax The Mind (Image Source: Unsplash)


Yoga is popular for fitness enthusiasts who want to mix up their workouts. Also, you can reap the benefits of stretching and flexibility. According to Michaelis, yoga’s focus on breathing makes it a great physical tool to relax and calm the mind.

Doing Yoga Can Calm Your Mind (Image Source: Unsplash)

What are the signs of depression?

According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is a mood disorder. It’s characterized by a general loss of interest and a persistent feeling of sadness. Depression can have a profound impact on how people feel and think. In fact, it can lead to difficulties in performing even the most basic of day-to-day activities. The signs of depression include:

  • Angry outbursts or feelings of irritability, even over minor matters
  • Sleep disturbances, like oversleeping or insomnia
  • Slow thinking, speaking, or movements
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt — with a focus on the past
  • Recurring thoughts about death or suicide

How do I know if I have anxiety?

Most people get anxious at some point during their lives. Daily activities can get stressful, especially if you are looking ahead towards the future. However, people who experience intense and excessive feelings of anxiety might have a disorder. This anxiety disorder that can greatly inhibit living a normal life.

AsktheMayoMom about Anxiety and Mood Disorders — Mayo Clinic

What does exercise do for depression?

Physical exercise can have a big impact on feelings of depression. The process of physical activity releases “feel-good” chemicals (endorphins) that can quickly change a person’s attitude, mood, and feelings.

What exercise is best for anxiety?

The key to exercise is to get your heart rate moving. Regular exercise strengthens overall fitness so that your resting heart rate is lower between exercise sessions. This helps offset feelings of anxiety, usually linked to an increase in heart rate.


Swimming is an excellent aerobic exercise that is low-stress on the bones and joints. Also, it’s great for general fitness and aerobic capacity, and very relaxing for many people.

Swimming Is Good For Your Mental Health Since It Relaxes Your Mind (Image Source: Unsplash)

Brisk Walks

Activities like running or jogging are popular among fitness enthusiasts. However, a brisk walk in your neighborhood or on a trail can be enough exercise to reduce anxiety. Try to calm yourself by exploring your surroundings or nature. You might find that the process of moving around helps mitigate the effects of stress.


Dancing can be an underrated form of exercise. It’s also a great tool for reducing anxiety, especially for people who hate doing cardio. In addition, learning to dance is a great way to make new friends. You’ll interact with different people in a fun and festive atmosphere — it’s a great way to put feelings of anxiety away. Don’t forget, dancing has a variety of health benefits for your body. It’s a fantastic accent to an exercise plan for those interested in greater flexibility and movement.

Dancing Is Fun and It Helps Reduce Anxiety (Image Source: Unsplash)

Time to Start Exercising to Reduce Anxiety and Depression

Physical activity can have a profound impact on feelings of anxiety and depression. Just getting up and moving can be a catalyst towards changing your perspective and mindset. This can spark a new or renewed interest in fitness and result in major changes to other areas in your life.



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