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Exercise Intensity and Anxiety Relief

Updated: Dec 4, 2021

The last couple years have been difficult to say the least. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed strains on supply chains, financial markets, and people’s mental health worldwide. According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States affecting more than 40 million adults or roughly 18.1% (, n.d.). While most anxiety disorders are traditionally treated with therapy and prescription medication, there is growing evidence to suggest that moderate to intense exercise a few times a week can alleviate symptoms of anxiety even if it’s a chronic disorder.

The University of Gothenburg conducted a study involving 286 peo