Exercise is something few of us like and rarely do. It is proven, however, to aid in the mental state of those with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and others. Exercise can speed up your heart rate or calm it down.
As someone with both anxiety and depression, I have learned some of this the hard way.
With depression, getting your heart rate up is key. Cardio, jogging, kickboxing, etc. These exercises are key to upping heart rate and increasing the chemicals that lower the bad chemicals that cause depression.
Anxiety is a whole other ball game. With anxiety, lowering heart rate is best. Yoga, meditation, pilates…. The mental “strain” or focus required for these types of exercises gets the heart rate down and the chemical tsunami is stemmed.