PSYC 1 Chapter Notes - Chapter 12: Psychoactive Drug, Physical Fitness

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The hectic pace that society is at leads to increased demands and more stress. Exercise is associated with a reduction in anxiety & depression. Physical activity is positively associated with good mental health: high-intensity aerobics, even yoga is helpful acute versus chronic. Chronic: long-term effects, repeated exercise over time reduction of anxiety: acute effects. Anxiety reduction after exercise occurs in all types of participants. The anxiety reduction after exercise occurs regardless of intensity, duration, or type: there are benefits regardless of what you do- better than doing nothing. Although acute exercise is no more effective in reducing state anxiety than quiet rest or relaxation, the effects last longer. Exercise training is particularly effective for people who have elevated levels of anxiety, but will reduce anxiety even for people with low levels of anxiety. All durations of exercise significantly reduce anxiety, although larger effects have been found for periods of up to 30 minutes (especially under moderate intensity levels)

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