The new findings of a recent-based study suggest that those who engage in regular exercise may lower their risk of developing anxiety by almost 60 percent. The findings were published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry.
A quick online search for ways to improve our mental health will often come up with a myriad of different results. However, one of the most common suggestions put forward as a step to achieving wellness - and preventing future issues - is doing some physical exercise, whether it be a walk or playing a team sport. Anxiety disorders, which naturally develop early in a person's life, are estimated to affect about 10 percent of the world's population and have been found to be twice as common in women compared to men. And while exercise is put forward as a promising strategy for the treatment of anxiety, little is known about the impact of exercise dose, intensity, or physical fitness level on the risk of developing anxiety disorders.
To help answer this question, researchers in Sweden have shown that those who took part in the world's largest long-distance cross-country ski race between 1989 and 2010 had a "significantly lower risk" of developing anxiety compared to nonskiers during the same period. The study is based on data from almost 400,000 people in one of the largest ever population-wide epidemiology studies across both sexes.