Run, cycle or walk away from fear!
It has been known for a long time that sport and exercise are good for mental well-being. Exercise is also helpful for anxiety disorders and panic attacks. In Chilean middle school students, it was proven that sports programmes reduced anxiety disorders by 14 percent in relation to the control group. Only recently have the exact mechanisms behind this been investigated in more detail.
Tension in the head or in the muscles?
The researcher Herbert de Vries was able to prove that people with anxiety disorders have increased muscle tension. Movement already brings a calming effect here. This is due to chemical changes in the brain. You can find out what actually happens and what you can do here:
The chemistry in the brain
As soon as we start exercising, our body releases the substance ANP, the atrionatriuretic peptide, which slows down the chemical processes in the brain that are partly responsible for anxiety disorders and can lead to panic attacks.
Intensity is important!
When you are in the fat-burning zone, the amino acid triptophan in the brain causes serotonin to be produced, which brings calmness.
Exercise also releases other growth factors for our brain. BDNF is one of them and gamma amino butyric acid, GABA, cause the excitation of nerve cells to be inhibited, which is crucial in anxiety disorders.
Substitute for Medicine
Will be neither doctors nor therapists. But it has been proven that the mechanisms described above and beta blockers use the same pathways in the brain.
Both dampen the nervous system when used "correctly".
It goes without saying that anxiety disorders and panic attacks need professional help. However, the right training programme from an experienced trainer can also help. We are happy to advise you!