Exercise: Don’t Worry, Be Active

exercise: don't worry. be active.

exercise: don't worry. be active.

People with Panic and anxiety disorders may want to go to the gym.

According to a study, exercising regularly may prevent anxiety, stress and even future panic attacks.  Researchers tested the anxiety levels of adults without panic disorders and asked them how often they worked out and how hard. The participants then breathed in a blend of air mixed with carbon dioxide, which typically causes panic related symptoms: nausea, a racing heart, dizziness, and shortness of breath. The researchers learned that high levels of regular exercise diminished the stressful effect of the breathing test in people with anxiety.

Source: Psychosomatic Medicine, July 2011


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Building muscle may help people fight type 2 diabetes. Researchers report that, in a group of almost 14,000 people, each 10 percent increase in the ratio of muscle mass to total body weight was associated with an 11 percent reduction in insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes. The authors say the study supports the notion that diabetes prevention is not only about muscle gain. (Muscle is the body’s biggest user of glucose.) Lifting weights or doing weight-bearing activities like yoga can help build muscle.

Source: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, published on line July 21, 2011


To Like Your Body, Work Out

Need an incentive to work out? According to a study the more you exercise, the better you feel about your body. Researchers studied more than 1,800 adults over the age of 50 and found that increases in physical activity were associated with having a better body image. The researchers also found that longer or more frequent exercise led participants to be satisfied about how their bodies functioned.

Source: Annals of Behavioral Medicine, June 2011

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People who walk around during a hospitalization shave an average of a day and a half off their stay, regardless of how sick they are.

Remember: People with diabetes should check with a doctor before making big changes to an exercise plan.

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