Exercise has always been touted as an effective way of managing stress. It helps to reduce our sensitivity to stress as well as serving as a cushion for the negative emotional impacts of significant life events.
Researchers have reported that those who exercise regularly are less impacted by these life stressors than those who don’t. In addition, students that reported participation in regular exercise also reported feeling less stress, depression, and anxiety.
5. Exercise and Eating Disorders
Over the years, there has been much debate among helping professionals as to the effectiveness and safety of introducing exercise to those suffering with eating disorders like anorexia. With exercise being used as a tool for extreme weight loss, why would counselors introduce this tool into the treatment and rehabilitation of clients?
A study published in 2002 in the journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, found that applying exercise therapy to the treatment of eating disorders was more effective than cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Results included a reduction in the motivation for thinness, a reduction in binging and purging behavior, and an increase in body satisfaction among clients.