Exercise and anxiety
Emerging evidence – there isn’t much evidence on this treatment option yet, but the research that has been carried out suggests that it could be helpful.
Exercise to improve mental health can be done in a number of ways. For example, aerobic exercises increase your breathing and heart rate, while weight training improves your overall body strength.
Exercise treatments usually involve intense exercise at least three times each week for 6-20 weeks. There is some research evidence that exercise can help with anxiety and mood, but exercise is also important for good general health.
Exercise is one of several self-care strategies which young people told us help them manage their mental health and wellbeing. Read how other young people find physical exercise helpful here.
Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.