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Can exercise treat anxiety?

There are some bad things associated with exercise. For one, the amount of laundry you have to do goes up. Yucky, sweaty, stinky laundry. Also, you may need to start leaving your running shoes outside and blasting them with a bacteria-killing spray.

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There are some bad things associated with exercise. For one, the amount of laundry you have to do goes up. Yucky, sweaty, stinky laundry. Also, you may need to start leaving your running shoes outside and blasting them with a bacteria-killing spray. Another thing is, if you’re a runner, you can say goodbye to having attractive feet. Not that feet are all that pretty to begin with, but I know how some women can be about theirs. If you take up lots of running, you’re feet are going to start looking, well, like they’re military issue.

That’s about all I can think of that’s bad. Everything else is just plain awesome.

On the feet side of things, yeah, they may look sort of mutated (I’ve got a really disgusting blood blister on one right now from hard speed training), but everything else about your body looks better as a result. And works better. Even your brain.

The news about exercise just keeps getting better and better. I’ve read about how it can dramatically improve the lives of people with scoliosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and a host of other nasty conditions. It can help you reverse type 2 diabetes, lower risk of heart disease, decrease cancer risk, and stave off Alzheimer’s. I’ve written about how exercise lowers stress and how it can make you happier, but new research now shows that it can help prevent the development of anxiety disorders as well as improve attacks for people with these disorders.

I’ve witnessed how anxiety disorders can affect people, and it’s no fun. This is just one more reason to use exercise as a complementary treatment, in addition to modern medical interventions.

When you think about all the potentially debilitating conditions humans can suffer from, exercise will likely be shown to make most of them better. Except for athlete’s foot. It makes that worse.

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