Forced Exercise May Be Good for You, Too

by on May 2, 2013

Psychology experiments involving free will usually show that people are healthier when they are given the freedom to make their own choices.

But what about being forced to do something for your own good? Can it still benefit you? For instance, what about being forced to exercise?

Exercise has been repeatedly shown to be good for your health both mentally and physically. In many studies, exercise has had a lessening effect on mental health illnesses like anxiety and depression.

So if you are forced to do exercise, will you feel more anxious and depressed because of the lack of freedom? Or will you still reap the mental health benefits of getting active?

According to a new study from the University of Colorado Boulder, forced exercise actually does seem to be a good thing! The researchers created an experiment in which rats were either sedentary, active of their own accord, or made to exercise on mechanized wheels.

The researchers found that whether the rats were forced to exercise or exercised of their own free will, they still responded better to stressful events. The active rats also showed less “residual anxiety” on day following exposure to the stressor.

The rats who did not exercise were markedly more stressed out and anxious than the other rats who were active.

The researchers from Colorado hope that the findings of their study can be applied to human beings, as well. It shows that exercise programs for high schoolers, students of other ages, and people in the military may be beneficial.

For more information on the study from Colorado and what it means for humans, you can go to the original article on PsychCentral by clicking the link below.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/04/29/rat-study-suggests-even-mandatory-exercise-lessens-anxiety-depression/54265.html

Photo Credit: Bazzerio via Compfight cc

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

cheap Penny Stocks June 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I believe that is among the so much important information for me.
And i am glad reading your article. But wanna statement on few common
things, The web site style is perfect, the articles is in reality excellent :
D. Excellent activity, cheers

Reply

Dixie June 10, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I’m curious to find out what blog platform you happen to be using? I’m having some minor security problems with my latest website and I would like to find something more risk-free.
Do you have any solutions?

Reply

cedar finance binary June 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts.
In any case I will be subscribing to your
feed and I hope you write again very soon!

Reply

Forex Binary Options June 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this. I most certainly will send this post to him. Fairly certain he’s going
to have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!

Reply

Leave a Comment