Mechanisms Underlying the Relationship Between Physical Activity and Anxiety

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Authored by: Benjamin N. Greenwood , Monika Fleshner

Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782999
eBook ISBN: 9780203132678
Adobe ISBN: 9781136477805


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It is well established that physical activity can reduce the incidence and severity of anxiety disorders (see Chapter 5 by Utschig et al., this volume). Despite the anxiolytic effects of physical activity in humans, the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. Identification of these mechanisms could enhance our understanding of anxiety and lead to more effective therapeutic or preventative strategies.

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