Anxiety disorders: Does physical activity reduce risk?

  • People who participated in Sweden’s ultra-long cross-country ski competition developed significantly fewer anxiety disorders over time than a control group.
  • Male and female skiers both experienced a reduced risk of future anxiety disorders.
  • High-performing female skiers were more likely to develop anxiety disorders than slower female skiers.

Written by Robby Berman on September 13, 2021 — Fact checked by Alexandra Sanfins, Ph.D.

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