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Using Exercise To Beat Panic Attacks

Posted by in Health: Fitness  ~  May 15, 2012 06:16:45 PM

It seems like a contradiction to many people, but the key to overcoming panic attacks and panic disorder often is a matter of getting a great exercise program. The reason for this is because panic attacks are driven by adrenaline and fear. Exercise is also an adrenaline driven thing to do, and this can cause the body to self regulate quicker. When you exercise you burn off adrenaline in a way. This is good because of the excess adrenaline that you are fighting during a panic attack. Exercise is also a wonderful way to stay healthy overall, and good health is the best thing to fight panic in the future.

It should be noted that before anyone begins a new exercise regimen, they should first be checked out by a doctor. Most everyone can exercise in some way regardless of health, but it is important to know what is safe for you. Set up an appointment with your doctor and talk about the exercises that are safe for you.

One of the easiest and quickest methods of exercise to stop panic attacks is jumping jacks. Jumping jacks are good because they can be done quickly and effortlessly. Also, they can be done in most any location. If you are at work, simply excuse yourself to the restroom if you are too embarassed to do them at your desk. When you feel a panic attack coming on, simply stand up and stretch a bit. Once you feel loose enough, then do a few jumping jacks. You will be amazed at how effective this can be.

Another great method of exercise to stop panic attacks is good old fashioned walking. Walking is powerful for a number of reasons, but it is especially good for people who suffer from panic attacks. Get up and walk around the room, walk down the street or walk around the block. The walk will do you good, and often will shorten a panic attack rather quickly.

Along the same lines, jogging can be a powerful force in the battle against panic attacks. Jogging is a good bit more intense than walking, but sometimes that is what is needed to help the panic dissipate. Not every person responds as well as others to jogging, but if it is something that you love to do it is effective. The benefits of jogging are many, and this is true about panic attack control as well. Not only does it work, it usually works quickly.

Push ups are another low impact but effective way of fighting panic attacks through exercise. Like jumping jacks, push ups are great because they can be done anywhere. Pumping out ten or fifteen pushups seems way too easy, but you would be surprised at how effective it is. Next time you have a panic attack, give it a shot. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much the diversion helps.