Some people with anxiety find exercise to be very helpful in reducing their symptoms. Even just 10 minutes of exercise a day can calm or even prevent anxiety, as well as related conditions like depression and stress. Continual exercise can also lead to long-term benefits. Like all therapies, not everyone responds the same to exercise, but the fact that it is also good for overall health and well-being at least merits being tried as a potential treatment.
During a state of acute anxiety, stress or panic, one of the first noticeable physical changes to take place is the way we breathe. As we become more aroused, the body attempts to draw in more oxygen. This corresponds with an increase in adrenaline and other stress hormones. In some people the situation seems to escalate very rapidly to a point…