London: Those who exercise regularly can reduce their risk of developing anxiety by nearly 60 percent, a new study finds. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, showed that a group with a more physically active lifestyle had an almost 60 percent lower risk of developing anxiety disorders over a follow-up period of up to 21 years.
“This link between a physically active lifestyle and a lower risk of anxiety has been observed in both men and women,” said researcher Martine Svensson from Lund University in Sweden.
Anxiety disorders – which typically develop early in a person’s life – are estimated to affect around 10 percent of the world’s population and are twice as common in women as they are in men.
The study is based on data from nearly 400,000 people in one of the largest population-wide epidemiological studies of all time across both sexes. The authors found a clear difference in training performance and the risk of developing anxiety between male and female skiers.
While a male skier’s physical performance did not appear to affect their risk of developing anxiety, the top performing group of female skiers had almost twice the risk of developing anxiety disorders compared to the physically active group with a lower level of proficiency. “It is important that the overall risk of developing anxiety states was still lower in high-performing women than in physically inactive women in the general population,” the authors say.
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Posted on: Monday September 13, 2021 12:29 AM IST