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Top 10 Sports and Wellness Activities to Fight Against Anxiety

20 Dec 2022

The best activities for you to fight anxiety

Do you suffer from anxiety?

Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses in the world and if you have it, you know how difficult it can be to live with. But luckily, there are free and easy ways to fight anxiety and stress. 

There are a ton of activities you can do to reduce your stress. Exercise is a proven way to fight anxiety. Find out about the benefits of sports and wellness activities. Read on to learn more! 

How Wellness Activities Fight Anxiety

There are many benefits to exercise. It helps your overall heart health, reduces weight, and even strengthens your joints as you age. But exercise and other wellness activities can also help fight anxiety. 

Exercise helps to release endorphins and dopamine, which are chemicals in the brain that make you feel good. It also releases serotonin, which has been linked to lower levels of anxiety.

1. Yoga

Yoga has been used for centuries as an important part of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Doing yoga regularly can help lower anxiety levels and reduce the number of panic attacks that you have.

Yoga is one of the best wellness activities for managing stress, as well as conditioning your body. The mental aspect of yoga focuses on relaxation and meditation, while the stretches get the blood flowing and loosen up tight muscles. 

2. Running

Running is a great way to reduce anxiety because it releases endorphins. Endorphins are the hormones responsible for making us feel happy and relaxed. The more we run, the more our body produces these hormones, which help us feel less anxious.

Running can also be meditative. Many runners describe a "runner's high" in which their minds are clear and alert. Runner's highs can even reach euphoric levels. 

You don't have to be a marathon runner to get started. Even just a few minutes of light jogging alternating with walking is a great way to get started. You can build yourself up into longer runs over time. 

3. Skateboarding

Most people probably don't think of skateboarding first when they think of wellness activities to reduce anxiety.

But many skateboarders will tell you that the deep concentration and "flow" state necessary to skateboard help immensely with anxiety. To top it off, skateboarding is a sport with a low barrier to entry and a seemingly endless skill ceiling.

Not to mention that skateboarding is an intense full-body workout. It combines cardio with muscle toning, especially in your legs and core. 

If a more challenging sport that encourages progression seems up your alley, give skateboarding a shot to fight anxiety. There's nothing like the feeling of cruising in the wind to clear your mind. 

4. Weightlifting

Lifting weights is another great way to help anxiety levels. It's an extremely physical sport that releases tons of endorphins. 

It is also great for strengthening your joints and muscles. This will help you in just about any other sport or activity you do and can help fight joint degeneration as you age. 

5. Martial Arts

Martial arts are a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. It's been shown to reduce the symptoms of mental health conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.

Martial arts are a form of exercise that can be done by people of all ages. There are many different types of martial arts that are suitable for different needs and abilities.

The practice helps you develop self-confidence, concentration, discipline, patience, and self-control. Martial arts can help you feel more in control of your life when you feel out of control with your anxiety or stress.

6. Nature Walks

Nature walks are a great way to destress and get some good exercise in. It is a great way to get out of the house or take a break from work. One of the benefits of taking walks outside is that it can help you fight anxiety. Nature walks are also a great way to reduce overall stress

Taking nature walks for your health can be beneficial for your mental well-being too. Studies show that spending just twenty minutes in nature can improve moods and feelings of happiness.

7. Dancing

Dancing is a great way to reduce stress and fight anxiety. It doesn't matter if you are a novice or an expert, dancing is for everyone.

Dancing is a great way to reduce stress and fight anxiety. It has been proven to be an effective treatment for mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

It can help with mood disorders, increase your heart rate which helps with weight loss, relieve pain from arthritis or other physical ailments, improve your sleep quality and decrease fatigue during the day. Dancing can also help you manage your symptoms of ADHD by increasing focus and concentration.

8. Tennis

Playing tennis can be a great way to socialize with other people and have fun with friends. It also provides an opportunity to hit something if you are feeling angry or frustrated.

Tennis is a very good sport to reduce stress and fight anxiety. It has been found that playing tennis can release dopamine, which is the chemical that induces happiness in the brain.

9. Swimming

Swimming is a great way to reduce stress and fight anxiety. It is a low-impact exercise that is easy on your joints and muscles.

It reduces stress by releasing dopamine, which in turn releases serotonin. Serotonin helps to regulate moods, sleep, appetite, and other functions of the body. Swimming also reduces anxiety by helping you focus on the present and take your mind off stressful thoughts or worries.

10. Cycling

Cycling is a healthy and environmentally friendly way to reduce stress and fight anxiety. The benefits of cycling are not only physical but also mental. It’s a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors, which can be therapeutic for people with depression or anxiety.

Fight Anxiety Through Exercise

As you can see, wellness activities are a great way to combat anxiety and stress. If you play sports, you'll see a noticeable impact on your overall stress levels over time. Just be consistent and find something that you enjoy!

Looking for more great insights and informative articles on sports and fitness? Be sure to check out the sports and wellness section of our blog! 

Have questions or comments? Email us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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