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Anxiety and Exercise


Ashley -> Health Educator
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Pimlico_paul,
 
There are many things you can do to get active.  Walk, dance, lift waits, do more chores around your house.  You can make up a work out routine for yourself to begin or you can find help.  Books, websites, DVDs, community programs all can help you learn techniques on getting active.  How are you trying to be active now?  Remember just taking the stairs everyday is a step towards physical fitness.
 
Does anyone have any recommendations?
 
 
Ashley, Health Educator
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10 years ago 0 pimlico_paul 15 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
This is why i ended up joining this programme.  I was searching about excercise and panic attacks after a severe attack early this morning ( ongoing but under control).
 
Does anyone know a site where they have an excercise regime for beginners that would be helpful? Im afraid i cant afford to join a gym where i live.
jay219
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11 years ago 0 jay219 16 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Hey guys,
 
I have started altering the types of exercise i do. For example, i was finding running etc. difficult to maintain because i didnt have someone there pushing me on if i started to get anxious and want to walk instead. Now im not saying that everyone will have a similar experience to me because everyone is anxious about different things, but i love team games for exercise now. I play badminton, squash and occasionally soccer. I have to be cautious about my weight however, so i have to limit the amounts i do. I hope that soon my weight will be back up to normal and then i feel sport and exercise could be one of my major cures for anxiety. I feel that good afterwards (as long as i dont do too much). See if theres any local badminton clubs near you brandie and if you know someone that will go along with you it could be more fun than the gym, just a thought.
 
Jay
 
Ashley -> Health Educator
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Good for you for challenging yourself!  Exercise has many positive effects on health and mood.  It is an excellent stress buffer.  It definitely helps to relax as well.  Feeling Lightheaded can occur from exercising.  You may want to talk to a personal trainer or doctor about your dizziness.  You should look into what you target heart rate should be.  This could ease your mind and motivate you while exercising. 
 
When you feel ready you should check out our sister sites that focus on healthy weight and smoking cessation.
Remember we are hear to support you!
 

 

 

 

Ashley, Health Educator
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11 years ago 0 jhori82 123 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Oh, I smoke too...and pretty much plan the same thing you are, which is to quit once my anxiety goes down a bit more.  I don't consider it using anxiety as an excuse, I've got plenty of years left on my life, and adding more stress only takes away anyways, right?
 
We'll be there one day, anxiety and smoke free!

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11 years ago 0 jhori82 123 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
I work out as well, it's one of those things that you begin reaping the benefits after about 2 weeks of doing it.  It REALLY decreases the anxiety though.  Some things that help me are to aim for goals, make up a plan and time frame to get there (be sure to keep it reasonable)...also, when I start getting bored with a particular workout regime, I look for new ones.  You can do this by asking the gym staff, or searching online.
 
Find out what the heart rate is for your weight/height class.  This gives you an idea of how much your over/under exerting yourself.  And most of all, congratulate yourself for doing it!  It's hard to start up new routines, and even harder to keep them...but if you do, it's a big reward!

Cheers!
Brandie
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11 years ago 0 Brandie 52 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
I have GAD and have had a panic attack. My counsler suggested joining the gym so, I did so today.  When I first started working out, I felt a good bit more anxious. Of course anyone with GAD knows that you worry alot about yourself healthwise. So, I'm there working out on an excercise bike and watching my heart rate. It stayed around 120-125 but there I am worrying about it. My hands got real sweaty, you all know the anxious routine. So I kept at anyway. The anxious feeling really did subside, but afterward I just felt a little dizzy and a very small headache. I know this is common with anxiety and I do suffer from lightheadness from time to time with my GAD. Now, i am just about 30 pounds overweight, a smoker, (which i intend to kick as soon as I get a little bit of a grip on the GAD) and haven't really had an exercise program for 15 years. Back to the smoking, I know I shouldn't use my anxiety as a reason for not quitting, but sometimes a smoke helps to calm my nerves. I actually had planned on joining a quit program that uses the patch right before my intial attack a month ago because my mom and one of my friends had done it.  Anybody have any thoughts on anxiety and exercise. I'd appreciate hearing anything that anyone has experienced or knows what to experience.

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