Exercising as hard as you can is the best way to alleviate symptoms of chronic anxiety without drugs or therapy, according to a new study.
Circuit training—mixing both strength and cardio exercises—eases feelings of anxiety by decreasing muscle tension and boosting endorphins, say scientists.
Every participant in the Swedish study showed improvement regardless of intensity.
But the chance of improvement in terms of anxiety symptoms increased more in the people who worked out harder.
Most participants in the treatment groups went from a baseline level of moderate-to-high anxiety to a low anxiety level after the 12-week circuit training.
Researchers studied 286 people, average age 39 years old, with chronic anxiety and compared their results with a group who received advice on physical activity according to public health recommendations.
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