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Can exercise help treat anxiety?

October 24, 2019

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John J. Ratey MD, is an associate clinical professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. He has published over 60 peer reviewed articles and 11 books, including the groundbreaking … See Full Bio
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October 26, 2019

“Engaging in exercise diverts you from the very thing you are anxious about.” Unless part of what causes one’s anxiety is a seeming inability to do anything well, or as well as other people, including exercise. There’s no shortage of people and media around to tell you that whatever you do if you’re not giving it 150% you might as well forget it. Unless of course, you buy this expensive gizmo that will assist you to be as superior as everyone else, or join this gym or whatever. That’s how corporations and advertisers make money: create fear, create anxiety, present their product or service as a solution (temporary) to the fear or anxiety.

November 2, 2019

The last 30 years has seen a lot of change. There have been many advancements to help make things easier. Easier, is not always better. A lot of these advancements have taken the physical and/or mental work out of the everyday things people do. This article is a recap of how most people use to live, 30 or so years ago, on a day to day basis. It’s no wonder anxiety is worse these days. The quest to make things easier, has also made people less fit, physically and mentally.

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