Physical activity is well known to improve depression symptoms. However, there has been concern that its effects might worsen anxiety. A review of 40 studies of sedentary adults with a variety of chronic illnesses concludes exercise training significantly reduces anxiety symptoms as well. The largest anxiety improvements were seen in those who exercised at least 30 minutes per session.
PositiveTip: Physical activity of at least 30 minutes will reduce depression and anxiety levels in chronic illness.