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Anyone find that cardio helps a lot with anxiety?

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I need to get back into doing cardio. Ever since i've stopped doing cardio and started lifting weights instead my anxiety has gotten worse. When i do cardio, after a few weeks my anxiety gets lower. Anyone else find this to be the case? Weight lifting is meant to help with it too but for me it doesn't at all.
 
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I need to get back into doing cardio. Ever since i've stopped doing cardio and started lifting weights instead my anxiety has gotten worse. When i do cardio, after a few weeks my anxiety gets lower. Anyone else find this to be the case? Weight lifting is meant to help with it too but for me it doesn't at all.
I get a workout pushing the lawnmower, raking the yard, and sweeping out my driveway. That helps my anxiety. I find I can't feel crazy while I am working hard physically.

I feel better afterwards for a while too. Maybe lifting weights is too stationary a kind of activity?

Dunno about anyone else, but I need to be in motion to sort of walk off the bad anxiety restlessness.
 
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Yeah when I used to exercise it would make me feel 10000 times better.
But these days I have too much anxiety to even get out the house and go to a place of exercise.
I am so fearful to be around people.

As a woman I particularly hate it. It makes me feel so afraid to exercise in a public place.
It's quite hard without being leered at or shouted at.
So I can't do it in the first place.
I am also too lazy and not motivated to do it at home.
 
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I get a workout pushing the lawnmower, raking the yard, and sweeping out my driveway. That helps my anxiety. I find I can't feel crazy while I am working hard physically.

I feel better afterwards for a while too. Maybe lifting weights is too stationary a kind of activity?

Dunno about anyone else, but I need to be in motion to sort of walk off the bad anxiety restlessness.
Yeah i think it is too stationary and also can be a bit too taxing on the body if you lift heavy.
 
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Yeah when I used to exercise it would make me feel 10000 times better.
But these days I have too much anxiety to even get out the house and go to a place of exercise.
I am so fearful to be around people.

As a woman I particularly hate it. It makes me feel so afraid to exercise in a public place.
It's quite hard without being leered at or shouted at.
So I can't do it in the first place.
I am also too lazy and not motivated to do it at home.
I'm in a similar situation at the moment. I'm a guy and i'm in a place at the minute where my anxiety is really high so i can't even leave the house. I'm feeling too tired to exercise at home too but i'm gonna try push myself to because i know it can help.
 
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It’s a well known fact that exercise releases endorphins that can ease mood and anxiety. I know that even when I’ve even been for a walk that I feel so much calmer than when I set out.
 
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It’s a well known fact that exercise releases endorphins that can ease mood and anxiety. I know that even when I’ve even been for a walk that I feel so much calmer than when I set out.
Yeah what threw me off though is that i've been going to the gym lifting weights for the past 6 months and it hasn't helped with the anxiety at all. Probably made it worse actually.
 
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Yeah what threw me off though is that i've been going to the gym lifting weights for the past 6 months and it hasn't helped with the anxiety at all. Probably made it worse actually.
Maybe it's the place that's getting on your nerves too. I would feel freaked if I went to a fitness center to get my exercise. There isn't one in my town anyway.
 
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Maybe it's the place that's getting on your nerves too. I would feel freaked if I went to a fitness center to get my exercise. There isn't one in my town anyway.
That could be it but it just feels different. I feel more refreshed after cardio. I think it's the fact that i'm losing body fat when i do cardio which helps with insulin resistance.
 
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That could be it but it just feels different. I feel more refreshed after cardio. I think it's the fact that i'm losing body fat when i do cardio which helps with insulin resistance.
And when i was hitting the gym i was focusing on "bulking" so i was gaining a bit of fat a long with muscle.
 
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That could be it but it just feels different. I feel more refreshed after cardio. I think it's the fact that i'm losing body fat when i do cardio which helps with insulin resistance.
I think you're right. Plus, what I said earlier about needing to get moving to work off anxiety, rather than being stuck in one position, as you must be while lifting weights.

I never tried weight training, due to joint problems. I get the feeling it would probably do me more harm than good. Even my psychiatrist said the thing he recommends for everyone is walking. 2 or 3 miles a day is great if you have the time and a safe place to do it (traffic-wise I mean).
 
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In answer to your title question, yes, definitely, cardio definitely helps my mh as a whole, anxiety specifically. It is a huge challenge to be in the gym (obese woman) but I now find it mostly really helpful, to get some relief from my head, fight an ED and is pretty empowering. Weights, resistance help too but without cardio feel would have less of an outlet. I do punish myself there, not ideal, but it helps.
 
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Yeah walking helps but for me personally i need to be doing a bit more intense cardio to get the benefits but if i go too intense it has the opposite effect.
 
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In answer to your title question, yes, definitely, cardio definitely helps my mh as a whole, anxiety specifically. It is a huge challenge to be in the gym (obese woman) but I now find it mostly really helpful, to get some relief from my head, fight an ED and is pretty empowering. Weights, resistance help too but without cardio feel would have less of an outlet. I do punish myself there, not ideal, but it helps.
Yeah a nice balance somewhere between high intensity and low intensity is what works best for me. Too low of intensity and it doesn't help enough and too high of intensity it can burn me out and cause my anxiety to worsen.
 
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