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Exercise makes anxiety symptoms worse
Wondering if anyone else experiences heightened anxiety symptoms after working out? Prior to being diagnosed with anxiety... i was pretty much at the gym everyday. I enjoyed doing cardio and weights. My doc and psychologist both said exercise is a good plan of attack against anxiety and while I am exercising I feel great. But after... i find my nervousness, tingling arms and legs and other symptoms become heightened and stay that way pretty much all day. I hate it because I enjoy working out but now I am not going to the gym anymore - just working out at home.

Has anyone else experienced this and if so how did you overcome it? Persistance? Anxiety meds?

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I beleive that your anxiety after exercise is due to your increased heart-rate and respiration.  It is known that this combination can cause tingling in the extremities, which is a trigger for those with anxiety.  I would suggest trying 'gentle exercise', which does not raise your heart-rate and respiration to the point where you would feel distressed.  Hope this helps. :)

PS... thanx for the spelling lesson on the word 'exercise'!  I never fail to spell it wrong, and had to look to your example and retype it several times, too! LOL
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Hi,
I've been having anxiety issues for the past several months as well. I've pretty much been sticking to the treadmill to try and "burn off" some of my anxiety.  I don't have the problem  with the increased heart rate because of a betablocker I take, but I don't feel as good anymore while I work out; the endorphins don't seem to want to kick in; but I do believe that it helps after the fact - I feel more relaxed afterward and I think just getting the blood flowing is always a good thing.  It stinks that you don't enjoy even the after effects of your workout; I would try what the above poster suggested, and maybe for now just walking or jogging or whatever your body will let you do without raising your heartrate too high.
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Are you still having this issue? I'm new to anxiety symptoms and have also experienced unpleasantness after doing cardio. I have read that jogging/running is supposed to help anxiety, but like you, it makes me feel a lot worse afterwards. Basically anything heavier than stretches, walking, and yoga bothers me. I'm trying to take life moment by moment right now, but I really I just want my normal life and normal body back! I had no idea anxiety could feel like this.
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