By: WGR Staff
Exercise is proven to be as effective as medication and cognitive behavioral therapy when it comes to alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety. They can also work hand in hand. Many people feel uncomfortable going to therapy but are comfortable working with a personal trainer or taking a group exercise class.
Principle of Specificity: Specific exercise types can be prescribed to alleviate specific symptoms (example: an anxious client suffers from muscle tension and may benefit from an extended stretch and flexibility program to help relax the muscles, such as yoga, and a person that is experiencing decrease in energy may benefit from a challenging cardiovascular program to help increase energy).
Evidence suggests that a supervised exercise program, or working out with a partner, is more effective than working out alone or at-home
Generic Prescription: 30 minutes of continuous moderate exercise per day
Requires lower levels of physical activity than maintaining fitness level
Generic Prescription: JUST 10 minutes of continuous moderate exercise per day!!
To Receive Maximum Benefits:
Duration: 20-30 minutes of continuous exercise per day
Intensity: Mild to Moderate
Type: Strength and Cardio provide equivalent benefits-DO SOMETHING YOU LIKE!!
-Principle of specificity applies
Location: Outdoors (Sunlight boost: natural alarm clock), Green Areas (Natural: hiking, outdoor yoga), Waterside (running by the ocean or around a lake)
Time of Day: Morning (for people who are not morning people), Late Afternoon/Evening (for people with trouble sleeping)
Social Support: Working with a trainer or partner (not at home)
Personal Training: Working with a trainer for a more personalized workout
Small Group Training Classes: Working with a trainer and a group; Quick but complete workout 30 minutes
HIIT training for Anxiety (those who have achieved an intermediate level of fitness)
Personalized Exercise Programs: Free with membership, designed by a Health Fitness Specialist
Next Step Fitness Program™: Mental Health Fitness
-Group Exercise Classes: Free with membership; Working with an instructor and a group
-Cycling for desensitize symptoms of anxiety and encourage mental and physical endurance
-Candlelight Meditation for difficulty sleeping
-Massage Therapy: Extra relaxation and recovery from exercise
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