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Moderate Exercise Helps People Cope With Stress And Anxiety For A Longer Time

September 13, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Exercise helps keep the effects of anxiety and stress at bay for extended periods of time, according to new U.S. research. Groups of college students did either moderate exercise (cycling) or quiet rest for 30 minutes. After their anxiety levels were measured, the students were exposed to a variety of highly arousing pleasant and unpleasant photos. Exercise and quiet rest were equally effective at reducing anxiety levels at first. But once they were emotionally stimulated by the photos for 20 minutes, the anxiety levels of those who had only rested went back up. But those who had exercised maintained their reduced anxiety levels for a longer period of time.
J. Carson Smith et al., "Effects of Emotional Exposure on State Anxiety after Acute Exercise", Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, September 13, 2012, © American College of Sports Medicine
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