Anxiety is considered to be the contemporary illness of our time, a diffuse, unpleasant emotion related to the fear that is mobilized without a clear and / or life-threatening threat (Barlow, 2000). The primary cause of this illness appears to be its rapid pace modern everyday life that erodes people’s ability to cope with their everyday tasks and responsibilities.

When a person is in anxiety they are likely to manifest certain symptoms that are separated into psychological and physical. Psychological symptoms include, inter alia, anxiety, impatience, feeling of indefinite fear and anxiety, nervousness, etc. (Spielberger, C. (1982).

Other symptoms are dyspnoea, choking, chest pain, palpitations, cold hands, fainting tenderness, anorexia, nausea, vertigo, abdominal pain, muscle tension, tremor , weakness, dizziness, frequency, etc. (Stavroula Mitrousis, Antonios Traylos, etc. Stories of anxiety: A critical review).

When anxiety affects the brain, with many nervous connections, the rest of the body feels the impact. On the other hand, when the body feels better, so does the mind. Exercise and generally physical activities produce endorphins – chemicals in the brain that act as “natural painkillers” – and also improve sleeping ability, which in turn reduces stress and anxiety (Blackburn, I., & Davidson , K. (1990), Cognitive therapy for depression and anxiety, Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford).

Studies show that exercise is very effective in reducing anxiety, fatigue, improving alertness and concentration and overall cognitive function (Palaiologou, A.M. (2001).) It is recommended to follow the ancient saying “Sound mind, sound body.”

Andreas Konstantinou
Professor with specialization in special needs
Member of the National Weightlifting Team

Savva Savva
Coach of strength and endurance
Member of the National Weightlifting Team