So, you have anxiety for the millionth time and need to get rid of it. What if I told you that there was an
easy, fun and healthy way to do this? I know right? Sign me up! Anxiety sucks, but that doesn’t mean you have to endure it. Speaking of which, if you still do, be sure to check out all of my articles about anxiety and how I managed to get rid of it so that you can too.
Click here for “how I cured my anxiety“, here for “9 reasons you still have anxiety” and here for “5 reasons having a general anxiety disorder could be a good thing.”
So, what is this magical, whimsical almost impossible sounding feat of humanity that can quell even the fires of Mordor burning in your chest?
Exercise has always been my favorite way to get rid of anxiety and it’s not even close. The feeling of pushing yourself to the limits makes me feel alive, the fact that it also mitigates anxiety is a huge plus. There is also the minuscule chance that you could transform into the terminator or, at the very least achieve a pump.
With most things, it would be an exaggeration to say that it can literally extend your life by doing it consistently, however, thanks to a maligned study done by some hack at Harvard we have undeniable proof that exercising in moderation can totally do that. And because science is an axiomatic field that we adhere too, I am inclined to agree.
If that’s not enough to bring you over to the dark side, then read on, I have some more benefits.
Get to tha choppa!
Sex counts as exercise, right? I mean, your heart skips a beat and you end up getting a sweat on – I’m saying yes.
I’m not sure there is much more I need to say here. Sex is fun, it’s an exercise and boy, who doesn’t like another person’s hot body on top of them pushing them closer and closer to an inevitable climax. Then again, I suppose there are some sweaty bodies that no one wants on top of them and now I am sure you are picturing a very unattractive man with breasts bigger than your own….I’m so sorry.
If you happen to have a significant other and can convince them to have sex with you, then anxiety be gone! If not, or if you don’t have a partner to do said act with, then you might be “shorthanded.”
Get it? Because you have to use your….you know what forget it.
Stronger, Faster, Better
Not only are you getting rid of anxiety, you are getting better emotionally, physically and mentally!
Physically, you are healthier, you look better and now you can run a mile without dying (never mind.) At least you look good right?
Exercise builds mental discipline and hopefully (likely not) that will spill over into you regular life and make you a more productive person and a better human over all. At least, until Netflix withdrawals strike.
Emotionally, you feel more confident, clothes fit you in all the right places (if you wear any) and now your Instagram game just went through the roof as your profile now contains an endless stream of instructional videos (with little to no clothes) gym selfies (with little to no clothes) and non-gym selfies with little to no gym apparel on.
You cannot focus on your anxiety when you need to breathe
If you are looking for an immediate relief for anxiety, exercise is king because it is extremely difficult to focus on anxiety when you need to breathe. And while I don’t plan on detailing Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to you here, breathing is pretty essential to staying alive. Because of that, the function of breathing overrides the feelings of anxiety due to needing to focus on each breath because of your evolutionary survival instincts and well — science.
The strongest version of yourself…
I always view going to the gym or going for a run or a hike an exercise (figuratively) in becoming a stronger person. It takes a huge amount of mental acuity to want to push yourself beyond the previous limits each time you work out. Beyond that, the mental limitations that you place on yourself and the world begin to fade away as you realize that the only thing that can hold anyone back is themselves. Now, the gym or (the church of iron for you religious folks) isn’t the only place in the world where one can better themselves. Yoga is a great way to connect to your higher self and meditation gives you the singular focus that you need to become your best self.
Vanity is great….
No anxiety is not fun, but damn girl you look good. If having chronic anxiety means you must work out a ton, well, things could be worse and there are some definite upsides to behold.
Upsides include but are not limited too: Firmer butt, bigger biceps, higher cheekbones. Selfies will come a plenty here and lord knows you will change your insta tag to now include a “fit.
That’s right folks, now you are the fairest of them all and there isn’t a mirror in all of the universe that doesn’t love every angle of your body. Unfortunately, this also makes you the evil witch, but that’s ok.
Exercise is the only healthy addiction I can think of.
Exercise is a fantastic alternative to taking medication and it’s extremely sustainable. Please note that some forms of anxiety require medication, but if you do not fall into that category, I highly recommend choosing to do exercise every single time.
If your financial future is marred in ineptitude like mine, then you will be excited to know that in many instances recreational exercise is actually free, so, there’s that. Now if you do decide to take the avenger package and join the gym – prepare to bring a hulk size wallet.
Yes, the gym life can be expensive and highly addictive….
Soon enough you’ll be growing a beard and saying things like “does it fit my macros?” and “crossfit is for losers,” of course there will be the inevitable bout of roid-rage but, health and fitness is an addiction that you can’t go wrong with. – stares at picture with a woman with bigger biceps than me.— Well, I suppose you can take it a bit far and sure the competitive scene can be pretty toxic and unhealthy and maybe I have heard a story or two about people snorting the occasional creatine, but other than that, it’s very healthy!
Ok, ok, so you snort creatine, what’s the worst thing that could happen? Winning that arm wrestling duel with Arnold himself?
At least now when anxiety says, “I’ll be back.” You can get rid of it.