Does exercise help anxiety?

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   Posted 12/11/2006 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read that exercise is helpful for anxiety, So my question is does it help alot alittle and what is the best kind of exercise for anxiety?
My husband has been complaining that his legs are getting alittle bigger and so is his waist and I think the lower part of my body is growing too.  Plus I think getting up out of bed and moving around would be good for my anxiety. So what kind of exercise is good for that? We thought maybe a bike or a treadmill but I need something easy on my knees. I use to be hard into figure skating and really messed up my knees. I would love any and all ideas.

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   Posted 12/11/2006 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   

The best thing for knees is biking , a crosstrainer machine/eliptical strider , and swimming.

Also getting out of the house to exercise helps more than staying in , unless you are anx about outside. If you enjoy walking try doing it on grass/mud instead of hard sidewalks.

But ANY exercise works WONDERS yeah

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   Posted 12/11/2006 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I truly believe it does help
Myself I love going for walks at dusk or on trails on the weekend
You can do any type of exercising really in your own home
I do pull ups and knee bends stretches stuff like that with Cait and It can be fun crank your fav tunes and go to it
Like I said I think out does help as it gets our mind off of our a/p
You because of your knees would have to do some that wont hurt them I think maybe something like body stretches or the pull ups might not hurt you it involves the head neck arms and those tummy muscles ........
I am sure others may have some good ideas as well
Small short knee bends may be okay too
Hope this helps
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   Posted 12/11/2006 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, and believe exercise does help a bunch. Swimming is best for me, and its easy on the legs. Although, walking does wonders too. I wish you the best and hope you get to feeling better
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   Posted 12/11/2006 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   

exercise always helps, best if done in a relaxed way, with no excess muscle tension

walking is very good, if you live in a bad area, go to a safe area to walk, some walk early morning when few are around, some at night

when I was mostly housebound I walked late at night when few were around

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   Posted 12/11/2006 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
So far, exercise is the only thing that reduces my anxiety.  I need it to balance me out.  When I don't exercise for a while I get extreme anxiety.  Personally, I run, but I know you have bad knees so walking, bike, hiking or swiming would be good ones.  Swimming is great for you, you work everthing.  Oh, you and your husband can do a home palates or yoga.  :-) I also think the stretching advice is good.  Stretching for anyone is a healthy choice. Good luck.

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   Posted 12/11/2006 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
about a year ago I was in a good streak and started playing tennis every other day. I'm convinced that the vigorous activity was the reason that I was able to feel good for almost eight weeks straight. I live in Texas, though, so it's hard to find partners once the weather gets hot. When I stopped playing, I stopped feeling good.

My anxiety affects my stomach, so a lot of times exercise will me me feel ill. I think if I were to wait for a good streak and then started exercising it would be really good for me.

It won't work in all cases, but I've always read that exercise is one of the best things in the world for depression sufferers and, if I'm not mistaken, anxiety is biologically similar to depression.

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   Posted 12/12/2006 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I love my exercise!!!! It really keeps me sane.  Swimming/walking and Biking is best for gentle knees.  I love doing martial arts classes and boxing to get out my excess adrenaline, tension and frustration of anxiety.  It helps get me out of bed in the morning (and helps get me in a bikini lol!!) Hope this helps xx

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