Can Exercise Reduce Anxiety and depression


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Does Exercise Really Heal Anxiety?

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By participating in the exercise, it can reduce the HPA response to stress. As exercise increases of blood flow and oxygen to the brain this can kickstart neurogenesis, which helps in brain functioning and performance. Benefits of exercise to help reduce depression and anxiety. Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by: Releasing feel-good endorphins, natural cannabis-like brain chemicals (endogenous cannabinoids) and other natural.

Any form of exercise can help, but aerobic exercise is a top stress-buster. “Routine exercise helps to release natural endorphins that may reduce The Anxiety and Depression. Researchers say exercising for 150 minutes a week can help ease mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. They said people who exercise outdoors get more benefits than people who.

Some research also shows that just a single bout of exercise can help ease anxiety when it strikes. Which type of exercise you choose may not matter greatly. Studies point to the effectiveness.

All we know so far is that regular exercise can help improve sleep, reduce stress, and ward feelings off depression and anxiety. How remains a question. ADVERTISEMENT. It’s best to get a doctor’s approval prior to starting an exercise program, particularly for those taking medication for depression or anxiety.

And a mental health professional can help monitor the effectiveness of exercise. Many people feel a change in emotions like sadness, anxiety, indifference and anger during and just after a workout, but regular physical activity can also help your mental health in a long-term way as well. That’s because when you lift your mood, it often leads to other healthy changes, like eating better, stressing less and getting more sleep. Exercise and Anxiety: What the Research Says “Exercise won’t cure anxiety or depression, but the physical and psychological benefits can improve the symptoms,” explains Sally.

Intense Exercises for Anxiety. Of course, it’s all leading up to the most intense exercises you can complete. The greater the intensity, the more beneficial the exercise will be for anxiety.

Make sure you talk to your doctor before starting any exercise.

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Regular exercise improves mood and self-image while reducing anxiety and stress.30 Exercising regularly enhances the functioning of the immune system and may reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.31 Too much physical activity, however, can cause exhaustion or muscle damage, creating emotional stress.

“Alters and Schiff Essential Concepts for Healthy Living” by Jeff Housman, Mary Odum
from Alters and Schiff Essential Concepts for Healthy Living
by Jeff Housman, Mary Odum
Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, 2015

Running and other regular forms of exercise can also contribute to the relief of depression.

“Selecting Effective Treatments: A Comprehensive, Systematic Guide to Treating Mental Disorders” by Linda Seligman, Lourie W. Reichenberg
from Selecting Effective Treatments: A Comprehensive, Systematic Guide to Treating Mental Disorders
by Linda Seligman, Lourie W. Reichenberg
Wiley, 2007

Exercise can be as powerful as antidepressant medications in treating depression, and, more broadly, regular exercise is linked

“Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being” by Michael Otto, Jasper A.J. Smits
from Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being
by Michael Otto, Jasper A.J. Smits
Oxford University Press, USA, 2011

As the researchers stated, this “reaffirms that depression is very sensitive to exercise and helps firm up a biochemical link between physical activity and depression.”33 At least 100 clinical studies have now evaluated the efficacy of an exercise program in the treatment of depression.

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by Joseph E. Pizzorno, Michael T. Murray
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

Regular physical exercise may not only heal an episode of depression, but can also probably help prevent one as well.

“The Instinct to Heal: Curing Stress, Anxiety, and Depression Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy” by David Servan-Schreiber
from The Instinct to Heal: Curing Stress, Anxiety, and Depression Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy
by David Servan-Schreiber
Rodale, 2004

Exercise also reduces tension, anxiety, and depression.

“Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide” by Caroline Adams Miller, Michael B. Frisch
from Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide
by Caroline Adams Miller, Michael B. Frisch
Sterling, 2009

Does physical exercise reduce anxious emotions?

“The Psychology of Exercise: Integrating Theory and Practice” by Curt L. Lox, Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, Steven J. Petruzzello
from The Psychology of Exercise: Integrating Theory and Practice
by Curt L. Lox, Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, Steven J. Petruzzello
Taylor & Francis, 2016

Exercise can potentially distract people from negative thinking and reduce the feelings of tiredness and fatigue that can accompany depression.

“Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice” by Esther Chang, Amanda Johnson
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Obviously, however, exercise is not a panacea for anxiety and depression.

“Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement” by Bruce Abernethy, Vaughan Kippers, Marcus G. Pandy, Stephanie J. Hanrahan
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by Bruce Abernethy, Vaughan Kippers, et. al.
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Exercise programs not only alleviate depression but may prevent depression.

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by Stephen Ray Flora
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  • it’s so hard to just get going. Once an avid exerciser, have now become so stuck and sedentary. Miss the way my body looked and felt but am having trouble pinpointing my “why”. Seems I don’t feel enough and just so exhausted from stressors out of own control. Thank you for altruism.

  • thanks for this video! i’ve been really struggling with depression for a very long time, and lately it’s been particularly bad. it’s nice that these are exercises i can just do in my room in my pyjamas. a big factor stopping me from working out has been having to get dressed, put on shoes, etc to even go for a walk because the preparation feels like too much effort in my mental state. being able to do a small workout in my bedroom to release some endorphins without having to get presentable for the public is definitely helpful!:)

  • Kicked all meds a long time ago for diet and exercise to reduce my depression, almost eliminated it all together. I love seeing some science behind this.

  • I LOVE YOUUUU I’m your biggest fan ♥️♥️ your knowledge and videos have always been there for me when I give up on my goals and fall off track. I just listen to you and I’m back to pushing to be the healthiest I can be. Thank you Dr. Rhonda you are the MVP

  • If i didn’t keep up with my excercise routine i’d probably off myself already tbh, being fit and healthy is definitely beneficial to your health people.

  • Hello Mr. Bloch. The issue is, when anxious, the thought of my heart rate going up scares me. If I start walking briskly I actually get more nervous, because I become more aware of my heart rate going up. I just find it hard to not be nervous doing cardio when I know that will make my heart rate go up. I’m at the point I’m nervous to go to sleep because I’ve woken up a few times in the past month with my heart rate between 150-70. I do some breathing exercises and can usually make it come down after 10 minutes. But I then feel nervous and anxious for much of that day. Anyways I’m just trying to figure out how I can convince myself to “go outside and run” when I feel nervous making my heart rate go up on purpose. Keep in mind 2 important facts: Up until a couple months ago, I was actively playing in year round tennis leagues plus pick up ice hockey twice a week. Also, I went through my 20’s (I’m 40) with occasional racing heart issues, always thought something was wrong with me. All heart tests for decades came back negative. Finally in 2012 I was diagnosed with SVT (because my racing heart actually lasted long enough they caught it at the ER). The moment I found out there WAS something wrong, my anxiety went down as I had my answer for the racing heart. Had an ablation later 2012, and had no issues up until a month ago when I woke up with my heart going around 150. So at this point, I’ve been going through heart tests to find out if a) my SVT is back which can happen if the same or new “short circuit” extra nerve forms, or b) Have I literally developed an anxiety disorder. ** With this said, because of the SVT I also get nervous exercising:( Sorry for this long message but I wanted to paint a picture.

  • I work out almost daily. I alternate my workout to keep it new and fresh. Some days I’ll go beast mode on the weights at the gym, skme days I’ll do early AM run, like 5 am. Same with weights. I find that I get the best endorphin release in those early am hours and it seems to put the fire out on negative thoughts. Make sure to eat something like oatmeal after so your blood sugar does not make you feel like �� so yeah mix it up. Heavy weighs, HIT cardio circuit (google it) your body has some yummy natural antidepressants in it already. If you are on antidepressants working out with enhance the clarity and good feelings

  • I have been to 5 psychiatrists and none of them told me about how exercising could have a serious positive impact on depression. Instead, they have doubled my dosage and sent me home.

  • I love Rhonda, ever since I discovered her on Joe Rogan podcast. She always gives so detailed description of everything and has a pleasant personality.

  • Just what I needed, as an avid gym goer recent events have made me lack energy and confidence. Time to build stamina once more many thanks

  • Thanks for this my bro. I’ve spent hours navigating through YouTube and I have experimented with Tai chi, yoga and other stuff….this gave me the most relief so far…I’ll be including this in my morning regimen to start my day..thanks again.

  • thanks SO much for this fine video. I think it may be just what I need to get me out of a rut that I have been in for months and months. I had surgery several years back….. long story short, I am now on a pain meds every day. I have stomach and back pain on and off all day every day. I am having serious depression along with my pain. I just can’t seem to get myself going on the exercises…..and after so long a time I am becoming very weak legs arms hands and back. I plan on making this my routine…. thanks again!!

  • Thank you Douglas for being dedicated to helping people like this. You definitely deserve more views and subscribers for what you do. You have really helped me through hard times in my life.

  • thanks for this video, glad to find it. when you are depressed it is really hard to exercise, because it seems that everything is so complicated, and it is not easy to do. at the same time your body is saying you -I am tired, I am exhausted, and all you want to do is to lay on your bed((( I will try this workout. Thanks.

  • Thank you for this video, i just sent it to my brother who lives 5 hours away. He’s having a down day and I live too far to help him. He wants to exercise, but feels like he can’t go outside. Again thank you so much!

  • Anthony, this is so great! Really appreciate you making a special video for those who need that extra care. Respect. Also, I’ve decided your channel has the best views in the house! Lol!!! You never disappoint there lol

  • Hey, guys! The most important thing to do after watching this video is to go check out the brand new FoundMyFitness depression topic page. More than just digging into this topic of exercise and depression, we also discuss many diverse and interconnected topics like the role of inflammation, circadian rhythm disruption, nutrition, and gut microbes in depression, and much more. There’s nearly 100 peer-reviewed references and growing. A truly fabulous resource.

    Big thanks to members that continue to give us the opportunity to make great resource like this. To learn how to become a paying member of the FoundMyFitness community and thereby support resources like this video and the pages on the website, visit the crowdsponsor page on our website at

    If you suffer from a clinical mental health condition like depression, it’s important to note that this video isn’t meant to be a substitute for the proper diagnosis or treatment of any mental health disorder. Please seek out proper clinical treatment and listen to the advice of a mental health care professional.

  • I got diagnosed 17 years ago. Somethings to bear in mind: if you are severely depressed, none of the above applies because you literally have neither the will, nor the energy to do anything. Again, depending on severity, or the stage of your recovery, you may be able and willing to exercise, but if you got at it too vigorously, it may set you back. I used to find that it would leave me feeling bereft. Looking back, I suspect that having unstable blood sugar played a part. I think the key is to build up intensity very, very slowly, especially if you were unfit prior to diagnosis. Also, it may take some time to find an exercise system that suits you, i.e. that you look forward to doing. So the message is, aim for it if you can, don’t beat yourself up if you can’t and don’t force it.

  • 24 hour fast
    vigorious excercise
    feeling heart pumping strong

    its sunny
    I close my eyes
    I see a flow with in my eye fluid
    sun through my eye lid (its redish)

    i feel a vigor
    its like feeling high
    in stillness

  • @ 2:51 “exercise improved depression” allow me to request that the presenter restructure their semantics “studies show that exercises reduces depression not improves it.”

    What would you rather do? reduce your depression or improve your depression?

  • Seeing fat, obese people motivates me to hit the gym. If not I slack off and get fat myself. It’s called a workout for a reason. Leaving the gym clean and showered is worth it. Balance is good for the brain. I stand on a 15 lbs medicine ball (basketball size) for a minute squat down a bit and raise up. I took a while to do. Also walk backwards 5 min (on my 30 min am wake up walk). I get “looks” and dogs trip sometimes but agility, even a small amount is good. It took you tube 3 weeks to suggest this to me! There slacking. Dr Rhonda should be in every You Tube users suggestion list.

  • Big picture observation.
    I say this with kindness but objective assertiveness.
    I’m 2 minutes into this video The video started out reasonably simple however at about a minute the jargon used to communicate was unnecessary complicating the subject. All this complicated jargon makes following the message delivery impossible.

    Refer to Thomas Jefferson’s famous quote “never use two words when one word will do. “

    A couple tidbits and observations about addiction treatment and applying vigorous outdoor exercise as a therapeutic healing component;

    1. My psychiatrist techniques and protocols kept me unhealthy and dependent on psych meds. Furthermore, none of the treatment team that I was under care for carried out Any sort of self-care practice where exercise and high quality nutrition were a part of their daily regimen -they were all physically unhealthy.
    2. I fired my addiction treatment clinicians. I hired a sober coach. We spent two years getting physically healthy and changing my lifestyle to a self-care first practice.

    3. Because I became physically healthy from exercise and high quality nutrition My brain healed and my paws post acute withdrawal symptoms evaporated.

    4. Being healthy in the body allowed exponential healing of my emotional wounds subsequently I shed my emotional baggage.

    Summary; My healthy body and my healthy mind are now working cohesively together in synergy.

    Modern medicine for the most part is failing; prescribing psych meds in lieu of getting physically healthy with vigorous outdoor exercise and high quality nutrition.

    I was diagnosed as bipolar, severe ADD, manic depressive, depressed my psych my psychiatrist and addiction treatment professionals that I hired they’re prescribed methods and practices were mediocre and incompetent.

    Back to initial point about complicated jargon. Addiction treatment and human rehabilitation is a complicated subject… A video such as this covers and macro subjects when it should be breaking down the subjects into micro subjects / lessons.

    This video is 16 minutes almost nobody is going to be able to follow this unnecessarily complicated presentation. Deer presenter with kindness and tenderness I plead to you to rehearse your presentation with a typical target audience…. The idea being they can critique your presentation effectiveness and usefulness.

  • Its go job i exercise 5 days a week, with boxing spinning and weights. With the fact i have a w8fe who shouts all the time and doesnt let me near her and just makes excuses like im tired, or yoh gave coffee breath or even ive have to get the washing out of the machine. Exercice only keeps me from fucking topping myslef. Exercise follwed by a wank in the shower then its all down hill until i sleep

  • Dear Dr. Rhonda, please if you have any influence on studies, or at least the studies you quote, we need to see studies that have an equal number of females to males. The differences could be significant. It’s only the equitable thing to do.

  • Major problem… its health anxiety so the increased heart and breathing rate sets me up for full blown panic due to thinking im having a heart attack. Any suggestions?

  • thank you so much for this video. for me it is day 45 of quarantine and now i’m absolutely wrecked after trying this. would definitely sign up for more entry level stuff like this, since my anxiety keeps peaking and i can’t leave home, but i guess i have to master this one first ��

  • After Leg Day work out doing lots of squats and then my morning double espresso, I feel sooo good and at peace. Hurts when you work hard, but I believe the pain makes you a happier person.

  • I found out i had aniexty i think ot started in 2017 idk why it happen probably because of what happen to me idk in 2017 I’m 24 i can control it but now its 2019 i think I’ve been going thru depression I’ve been feeling down been crying I’ve been having lots of suicides thoughts idk I’ve been lonely

  • I’m depressed and the only thing I still make myself do is exercise… if I let that go I’d be gone. It doesn’t make me feel better because my reward system is f-Ed up from being on drugs. I’m quitting but I have to put up with everything being a chore for another 6-12 months… yay! I beg all of you that are dealing with crazy pain to stay away from drugs. 2 weeks tops then surgery. I was bed ridden for 4 months in insane pain. Would NEVER do that again. Straight to the surgeon next time (bulging disc, sciatic nerve pain). And I’ve had sciatica before but not like that time… anyway. When I had a normal brain I was riding bikes 10+ hours a week and 5-8 hours in the gym. I felt amazing!!! So yes, if you have a normal functioning brain I couldn’t imagine something better..��❤️

  • I have suffered from treatment resistant GAD and comorbid depression for over 20 years. Symptoms include low testosterone and adrenal fatigue which make exercise difficult. Took up jogging recently and so far after each short jog I don’t feel any better (no endorphins or runners high) I just seem to develop post exercise headaches instead. It is disheartening but I will persevere.

  • @ 2:31 SAID IN A SARCASTIC TONE exercise is not a stand alone component to human rehabilitation note: unequivocably with total certainty you absolutely have to combine high quality nutrition, with moderate vigorous exercise.

    Without the combination of the two the desired exponential healing of the mind of body will be stifled / lowered.

    Repeat after me: exercise and diet combined work together.

    Repeat again: exercise and diet combined work together.

    We’re at @ 2:31 did jargon is so complicated it’s impossible to follow I don’t care if your doctor and understand this physician’s lingo speak.

    Note: AA program is a derivative of the oxford group CBT protocol. My AA 12-step sponsor is a orthopedic surgeon he uses the 12 steps in lieu of CBT therapy for me it’s actually more effective cuz my sponsor is not making money.

  • Malheureusement, the cruel irony is that I can’t do many forms of exercise (particularly ones that involve running or high energy sports) because it sets off my survival mode and causes panic attacks. I got chased a lot as a kid so it sets that panic response off, like I’m running form predators. Yet exercise is supposed to release anxiety and help you feel better. PTSD is fun.

  • This is wonderful information. However what do you suggest for when its bedtime /late at night and panic kicks in? It’s hard to go out for a run at that point. Deep breathing works some but takes hours for me to fall asleep, then I end up waking around 4am and it starts back up

  • Can you please do a review of fluoxetine (prozac) induced BDNF response? Here’s the relevant study:

    “BDNF protein levels remained unaltered until 21 days of fluoxetine treatment, when the numbers of BDNF immunoreactive cells were increased, reaching significance in the pyramidal cell layer of CA1 and CA3 regions of Ammon’s horn (CA1 and CA3) but not in the other sub-regions of the hippocampus”

  • Easier said than done and I think it really depends on the level of depression you have.

    I had severe chronic depression where I was bed ridden for 22-23 hours of the day. I woke up once a day to eat dinner my husband made. Exercise wasn’t going to save me from my depression.

    However, it would have been much better used to prevent some of my depression in the first place.

  • I am very appreciate it and grateful for the Information you provide on your podcast. But my problem is finding a qualified mental health professional. That would recommend alternative ways which you describe all they wanna do is give me drugs for your depression and collect your co-pay. Been through several psychologists and psychiatrists with very little help for my depression and insomnia for over 20 years. So it has force me to do my own research and experiment on myself through trial and error. I have had some positive experience but it’s still a work in progress but I wish I could find a competent mental health professional to advise them to verify the approaches I’ve been taking. Thank you for all your advice and God bless you �������� Glenn

  • I love how informative and clear these videos are. I, without any prior knowledge about this stuff, can actually follow and find it very interesting. Incredible work and interesting findings! Thanks.

  • Thank you so much for this video. I have been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for about 3-4 years now off and on….what i just realized now is that i havent been on a regular exercise program for around 5 years now…this made me go WOW! that could be one of the reasons! thank you

  • I find weight training or calisthenics with only a minor amount of aerobic exercise most beneficial. I use to do a lot of endurance cycling and couldn’t figure out why I was always anxious. The excess cortisol from overtraining the aerobic system can have negative results, especially in the anxiety prone. YMMV.

  • Any thoughts on what the minimum-effective-dose is or how it differs across the 3 exercise types (strength training, aerobic, anaerobic)? For example, for anaerobic, on a recent Bulletproof podcast episode, they mention the CAR.O.L FIT AI cycling machine only requires two 20-second periods at “maximum-intensity” to get the full benefit?!
    Ben Greenfield had an episode on the X3 Isokinetic Bar (bone compression) which supposedly only requires 10 min/day! Or thoughts on using Blood-Flow-Restriction/Occlusion techniques for strength-training? Ken Ford for example, recommends GoBstrong and KAATSU.
    Are there benefits of stacking exercise mimetics (ex. Aceytl L-Carnitine (Thorne), beta alanine, etc).. or, like antioxidants, can they potentially undo some of the positive signaling of the physical exercise? On a recent HumanOS podcast episode, Ben Miller suggests this is the case with metformin!

  • I’ve been suicidal my entire life and frankly still am, but let me tell you this it’s difficult to feel depressed when you look like a greek statue, and people loving it as well. I feel like confidence and depression are on the same gradient sort of plane, so they are mutually exclusive. So my anecdotal evidence confirms this.

  • Hi, Can you PLEASE do a video on the antinutrients in plant food, this is a big topic at the moment and one I find very confusing…Are plants good or bad?

  • I have been living with horrible anxiety for about 6.5 years, and I gotta say, exercise has been an answer to my prayers. I work out almost every night now and I have noticed my anxiety is almost gone. I was so confused when my anxiety didn’t act up especially since my anxiety is like clockwork. I couldn’t even drive without having panic attacks or getting dizzy and now I feel the anxiety rising and then it goes down almost immediately. It’s the strangest thing but I know exercise is the key to keeping my anxiety away. I can think more clearer and my body feels stronger. So weird that exercise was the answer all along.

  • Thank you so much for this video, exactly what I needed to helpme get back on track. I’m very active and a trainer myself but I’ve been battling with depression which has lately taken the energy and motivation from me, and I recently started feeling the will to start going to the gym again (but need some guidance too especially with respect to my current state-ofmind). I am really grateful for your video right now ☺

  • I think if we got away from calling it depression to toxic induced brain injury from prolonged periods of stress will help change the paradigm in therapy and life changes. We began looking at this in Special forces opertertors in order to preserves the force. Sleep, nutrition and brain health, you my lady are in to something

  • It does not cure anxiety depression or Imsonia. I have done every workout know to man the results is tiredness. Is a different type of tiredness that only last a few hours. One more thing when you workout to the extreme your gasping for air.

  • 5 years ago when I quit alcohol I could barely work a 2 hour shift

    My depression was at about 8.5 level.

    Today I’m riding my bike 200 to 300 miles a month out on the mountain or the road bike.

    I noticed that when I spent too much time indoors at home on the internet and social media I was chronically in the state of discontent and depression –

    Too much internet and too much mobile device use had my brain foggy

    Great video by the way

  • Thank you very much for this video. Been struggling KNOWING I should, this actually got me to do it! Thanks again for such a simple yet effective video!

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  • thank you kind sir… i was scared of exercising after tons of atacks for months, my teacher told me it helped to exercise to release toxins from our body, but thanks for reassuring us of how to follow up on that shitty disease, i gained a lot of weight from that but now i’ll go back to exercising, thanks

  • amazing video Bob. I love the feeling after a good run oh do forget to do a video on quitting caffeine Bob it probably the best health advice you can do i have double the energy double the dopamine miles happier please try it bob

  • Thank you so much for this video! I’m 16 and depression has been keeping me back from doing things I like.
    I use to be really athletic and I use to play basketball but unfortunately I feel as though I don’t have the energy.
    I’m definitely going to try these exercises, thank you❤️❤️

  • I was feeling depressed but I knew I will feel good if I do some squats. I started doing some squats and did around four sets of 20 squats and I started feeling good after 80 squats.

    I felt motivated and felt so good that I did 100 more squats. I also did 700 jumping jacks and 100 knee push ups.

    After all this exercise, I am feeling quite good.

  • I believe on this one. Everytime I don’t feel good or I don’t feel like doing anything, I try to run or use elliptical bike for atleast 20 mins and my mood starts to elevate again. It also motivated me to do some other things in a day. Very useful insights Bob. Keep it up.

  • Now produce as a tie in the topic glyphosate. Hear MIT Ph.D Stephanie Seneff. Also see her interview with Dr. Mercola Aug. 4, 2019. Let’s crush Monsanto Roundup this time. Formerly PCB, agent orange, GMO if you eat food that interferes with the gut and your breathing in air that is CUMULATIVELY insidious then watch autism, auto immune diseases, Alzeyhemers, food allergies, obesity, diabetes all rise. Roundup is loosing in court for cancer. Heart diseasewell glyphosate causes sulfate deficiency. Your going to have systematic inflammation.

    I have a Masters in Kinesology from 1980. We never talked about the mechanisms you reveal and Dr. Raison and Dr. Seneff. Thank you for making us all a global community of informed citizens. So my best activity is to put what they call puts on Monsanto. So it all must move together personal health and industry.

  • Please consider Tibetan herbal medicine. its very effective against anxiety and depression. Each America city now has at least a Tibetan doctor that you can google. Tibetan medicine has a rich history and combines the healing systems of India, China and Persia. One of the famous herb to treat anxiety is called agar. My Tibetan doctor jokingly calls America, the Agar land. Please try. asked around. it can be a life saver for many.

  • Exercising can absolutely help anxiety. Absolutely. I love it. My therapist didn’t even suggest it. I just did it myself one day because you all know how it is. You get so anxious you don’t know what to do with yourself. You just have to go and run like a maniac. Now I’m trying to make running into a routine, first thing in the morning. Wonders.

  • I don’t know why but exercise seems to increase my anxiety and make me more prone to panic attacks. I recently stopped exercising for a month straight and noticed a significant decrease in stress and anxiety. I feel like I’m going something wrong as everyone including those in this comment section say it helps. If anyone has the same problem I would appreciate a response.

  • I’m stuck in fight for flight mode. I try running but one of the symptoms is I can’t breathe properly. I can’t get a full breath of air in and it’s scary.

  • “Amigdula Anxiety” answers the question of “why is my blood pressure triple digits?” The doctors who give me the Commercial drivers medical certification always declining me over HIGH BLOOD pressure.
    It is supposed to be 120/80. So I am on bp meds and take them. Now CPAP. EKG test proved my heart is STRONG and HEALTHY! The MDI test from head to TOE is clear meaning? No chance of STROKE. So, exercise is a key since I am overweight. I will excersise the fat off and burn off some serious ANXIETY!

  • Overwhelmed with anxiety and feeling gutted… so I can’t even move or muster up the strength to do any exercise….yes I also have restlessness and agitated. But I know I must aim to resume my exercise routine. Soon. Exercise is lifesaving I’m sure ������

  • Thanks for all your videos, Doug. Largely exercise does help but sometimes I exercise when having a panic attack and it actually makes it worse… I wonder why that is. Last night I took some Trazodone and reacted negatively to it waking up (I feel depersonalized) and tried working out and it gave me more panic. So very unfortunate.

  • Thank you! This was the perfect level of intensity and time for someone who is trying to gain weight (due to depression) with strength work and lacks consistency with exercise haha. I love that you went through every repetition with us and talked about form. Easier to follow along:) best wishes

  • Hi wondering if anyone can help I was diagnosed with gad about 14 months ago but everytime I exercise about 2 hours after I finish my anxiety symptoms get far worse panick attacks nightmares tight muscles. I do go running I am no slouch so get a decent workout it honestly does absolutely [email protected]&k all. I can’t take antidepressants as my glaucoma specialist said not to. So I am in a quandary any suggestions as what this guy is saying is untrue for me. I can only speak for myself.

  • As of now iam experiencing anxiety. It attacks at night while iam sleeping and when i woke up a little bit.
    I will definitely try going out out and have a jog it was actually 2 am now and iam lacking of sleep i dont know if i can jog with little sleep. Cause i really cant sleep properly cause i became anxious everytime i go to sleep

  • Thank you sir I wish I could give you hey hug. I’ve been starting to feel like and athletic-looking Bob Wiley. I was almost going to read lol roses are red violets are blue I’m a schizophrenic and so am I. I’m guessing you’ve seen the movie what about Bob. When I was watching it when I was 10 years old and never thought I would become that person LOL. I’m physically strong physically fit and I have the top sales at my company. And yet I still experience anxiety. work has been really stressful lately I think that’s why and I’ve been feeling like I need to move on to a different job. Thanks again �� and even thank you for the two jokes in the beginning ��

  • I was suicidal and very depressed as a teen. Started lifting weights at 17. Saved me. Helps keep my depression in check. Been lifting 41 years now.

  • I have generalized anxiety and dont have money to get the proper medication or medical treatment which is causing my panic attacks to get worse and bring me fear I’m dying or having a heart issue it really comforts me knowing that my assumptions on Exercise “burning” off anxiety is basically correct, thank you for making this video your channel definitely gives value god bless you Dr.

  • And a ratio of less that 1/1000 dislikes shows you the content of your videos ��. And the dislikers probably need to listen the most.

  • I have had very bad anxiety attacks, depression, and some unwanted suicidal thoughts and exercise practically reversed it all. I felt even cocky in social situations. Unfortunately I worked out 1+ hr a day 6 days a week and it lead to some muscle strains and I havent exercised since and my anxiety has gone right downhill will my weight too

  • Yes!!! It works!! The hard part is getting started, lacing up my shoes… getting out the door & down the street. But when I do. Huge difference!!! It’s natural Prozac!

  • As a fellowship holder of different specialty I can clearly see knowledge reason and quality. Instant subscribed and will follow keep the good work.

  • Benzodiazepines would be great if they didn’t cause dependence. The brain starts making less of it’s own GABA, since you are getting it artificially and you become worse unless taking the pills. Then you need more and more to get the same effect. Getting off of them is a very long nightmarish process. The doctors prescribed me these pills and then had me coming in monthly to talk about my anxiety symptoms. Little did I know, these strange symptoms were interdose withdrawl caused by taking the pills. You cannot tell me the 70+ year old doctor didn’t know what was going on. Then of course they will tell you to stop reaching for a pill when you have anxiety (that is caused by the pills in the first place). When I was under 30, I never had anxiety that I can remember and I was a runner. One time I made a mental note that I felt great for months when I was on a very strict diet and workout routine. I just got back on a healthy diet and now I’m going to start exercising to prevent anxiety, not for the bodybuilding side of it. I’m 43 now, just want to be fit and not overdo it.

  • It s not what I ve experienced. When I do any type of workout my anxiety is worse. After exercising I feel worse more depressed and more anxious instead of feeling better. I can t see any benefit at this point. Why?

  • Kudos for the Video clip! Sorry for butting in, I would love your opinion. Have you tried Lammywalness Erase Depression Guide (google it)? It is an awesome one of a kind guide for beating depression fast minus the headache. Ive heard some awesome things about it and my BF got great results with it.

  • Literally sat and stared at my Ativan medication.. good 10ms in and told my self… Just run outside for a while… (I sprinted because my lil bro ran away with my keys yesterday and I chased him down and let me tell you I felt amazing in that short sprint.) So I’m using that small basis on a bigger scale and sticking to a workout regimen… Primarily walk/jog

  • Hi�� My age is 41. Max pulse 220-41=179. 75-80% is around 135-145. But it does not feel like a lot. I’m pretty fresh and not exhausted at all…
    Is’t still correct for best stress reduction???

  • Just wanted to add my personal experience. I definitely wouldn’t say exercise “cures” anxiety but it it helps immensely. It helps the most while you’re actually exercising and then I feel like the good effects last a few hours. Unfortunately after those few hours the anxiety tends to build up a little bit again. I do think long term it slowly lowers your “standard set point” of where your anxiety sits though. Just my experience. Either way I would 100% recommend exercise, cardio and weight training, to anyone struggling with anxiety or depression

  • Thank you for this video Douglas. It has really helped me. I have GAD and I have started cycling because of this video and I am already starting to feel better.

  • And it heals depression too, I can assure you it alleviates depression symptoms by a great extent, at least it worked for me, I was running 20-30 mn everyday, although it takes time, you will see results after a few weeks. Plus it restores your self-confidence and hope. Running and sophrology/relaxation saved me. Antidepressants gave me mild HPPD condition, I couldn’t take them, for the best I think. Unfortunately I had a pneumothorax 2 weeks ago, I fear my lung collapses again because it can happen, but I can’t run anymore for at least 3 months, time to apply Douglas tips and work on negative/intrusive thoughts…

  • Great video Douglas, started doing 2 hours walks a day. I actually had an endorphin rush late on in the walk. Swimming does help too, but i think walking in nature is unbeatable. The sun helps a lot. Today is a great feeling day

  • I don’t do shit all day. But I practice classical guitar, draw, write, clean…etc. I feel upbeat and happy most times.
    I wonder if internal monolog has a larger influence on depression than anything external. I love my life and creative outlets. Mirror time is usually goofy faces, fart sounds and laughing. How strong can ‘mind over matter’ be?

  • I started walking 2 miles a day a few months ago. Now I’m up to walking 8 miles a day which takes me a little over 2 hours. It has really helped my depression and anxiety.

  • Anxiety can also be liver toxic build up, fatty liver. Excerise is perfect. I read that the 80 10 10 diet worked for alot of people. But listen to your body, read the medical medium. And pray to God for help, God is merciful in many ways, we just don’t realize.

  • I love riding my bike outdoors. This along with other cardio at the gym has been my go to treatment for depression/ brain fog for over 20 years. I recently had 13 mercury filled dental amalgam fillings removed safely by a holistic dentist. I’m hoping in time as I detox the mercury stored in my body and brain that my depression, brain fog will resolve. If you have dental amalgams, please consider removing them safely. I recommend watching “Smoking teeth” on YouTube and also watch chemist Boyd Haley PHD lecture on mercury on the IAOMT YouTube channel. Blessings and health to you.

  • My name is Lindo and I just started my channel talking about my depression, getting through life on a daily basis. please join me in my journey and hopefully we can help each other and support through out.
    Thank you.

  • Totally agree douglas i practice yoga this form of movement does make me feel less anxious i go on long walks i also am a constuction worker to everyone with these probs like myself move always moove. Cliff australia. Thanks again doug

  • I was never a negative person and I like positiveness and peace. Because of quarantine and lockdown, I made an
    all-nighter every night, and I woke up not feeling good. I noticed that I can’t focus, scrambled mind, can’t swallow the present and can’t do the things I like before. The only reason i know is lack of sleep. How many days do I need to recover from this?:(.

  • When I feel panicked the increased heart rate makes me fearful. I have this hyper sensory feeling inward that makes me somewhat feel detached. Exercise worries me because I feel as though I’m causing a panic attack from the feeling of increased heart rate. Feels like a heart attack but I realize I never experienced any of it so Idk. Just I get faint, dizzy, disoriented when I have panic attacks is that a normal feeling?

  • One night last week I was feeling anxious all day
    At night I decided to sit outside early evening and decided to water my lawn
    I felt brilliant and relaxed afterwards

  • ive been trying to work out to cure my anxiety but after i end up feeling super light headed, weak and even more anxious than before. i’m afraid it’s a heath problem but i’ve been to the doctor quite a few times and they tell me it’s just anxiety. they said exercise would help but i feel worse than before

  • I know my Vo2 max can stay high well into my 70’s. I primarily focused on HIT calisthenics training in order to maintain my high vo2 levels. I have just turned 40 and will be dropping weight for the next ten years. I don’t want to carry too much muscle into my 50’s and beyond. I’m rowing now and will soon be back in the pool but I don’t feel the intensity of calisthenics hit training with either exercise. The after effects of complete exhaustion and overall exertion are similar but the intensity wanes. Is endurance training as effective at maintaining vo2 levels as hit training?

  • I think there should be a clear distinction made…too many people when preaching about the benefits of exercise almost always mean the gym….but I think the important thing is, is to find an exercise you enjoy. If you don’t enjoy it then it feels like a job. For me personally sports >>> gym anyday.

  • The second half of this video is exceptionally worded. I’m a psychiatric RN and this is extremely beneficial as it makes sense using large muscles to trick your brain into fleeing the threat. Bless you for helping people. Your struggles and experience are helping so very many

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  • The real reason exercise helps anxiety is that functionally, anxiety sucks at your thoughts, sticks and nags, you cannot shake it off as it is based on fear. Exercise helps you exert will power and thus assert your will firmly, giving your mind “muscles” the ability to push away thoughts at will. Asserting will power is opposite of the mental ambient fear sucking your will power away slowly (which is what anxiety is)