Workouts: A Prescription to Ease Severe Chronic Anxiety?
energetic after the workout. For women, the improvements were even stronger.
Nearly 7 million adults in the United States have GAD, with women more likely to be affected. But only about 40% get treatment for it, and research has focused on alternative therapies.
Researchers said their study is the first to show positive effects for young men with subclinical GAD. The findings support previous research about the benefits of exercise for women with GAD.
“Several plausible mechanisms have been suggested” to explain the anxiety-easing benefits of exercise, said study lead author Matthew Herring, a lecturer in sport, exercise and performance psychology at the University of Limerick in Ireland.
These reasons include exercise’s effects on brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine, which are