Exercise Lowers Stress & Anxiety

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Whenever he can, Bill Price hits the road on his high tech 3-wheeler.

“Three or four times a week. Depends on the weather. It’s hard in the rain, you slide all over the place,” says Bill Price.

Far from a tiny tot’s tricycle, this trikke is a grown up workout.

“You exercise everything from your neck all the way down to your feet, your ankles, your shoulder muscles, triceps, biceps,” says Price.

According to the latest studies, Price is on track for mental stress relief.

“It’s a sense of calm and wellbeing,” says Heather Parker, certified fitness trainer with Lee Memorial Health System.

Parker finds noticeable differences in people who routinely exercise.

“You can see a huge difference in their weight, their attitude, the way they talk to you. They smile more,” says Parker.

What struck researchers’ is how long the affect lasts. One good workout might lift your mood, but regular exercise seems to change your overall emotional state.

These new findings suggest a prolonged effect including protection against future stress and anxiety.

“It’s definitely important to move and use those muscles because at any age you can benefit,” says Parker.

Just one more reason for Price to keep on trikken.

“Like they say an object in motion tends to stay in motion so you try and keep on going,” says Price.

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Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries.

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