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3/30/09 1:37 P

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since i have started with Sparkpeople my anxiety ( the kind that leads to panic attacks) has gone done big time... figure its because of better eating.. more water and... all the exercise...


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3/22/09 3:03 P

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I have a lot of anxiety problems and when I work out the anxiety depends on how many people are there most of the time. If there is a large crowd it makes me nervous.

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3/21/09 9:15 P

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I too just started working out last week and noticed that within an hour or two of working out I get all jittery and that start getting anxiety. I tried working out earlier in day or later and it doesn't help. If you figure out anything that helps let me know cause I have been asking my friends the same thing! Good luck

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1/21/09 11:28 A

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Interesting.

I get the shaky jittery feeling a lot ... it is usually due to lack of protein and too many carbs. For example, if I eat breakfast in the morning and it's not more protein than carb I will start to shake, jitters, sweat, irritable, etc. It also has to be slow to metabolize ... so a protein shake will not work for me. I have to have complex carbs & high proteins.

So.... maybe your metabolism is kicking into high gear & you're not feeding yourself right.

Maybe... if you eat a snack 1-2 hours after your workout, like nuts w/a little dried fruit, you would stave off the jitters???



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1/21/09 10:50 A

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I don't really manifest any of the ADHD indications, so I don't think it's that.

Usually I began to feel sort of shaky and jittery, a fews hours afterwards, and especially the next day.

Looking up on the internet, I couldn't find a lot of people experiencing the same thing, and not really any articles - some felt panic attacks before going to the gym, or during a workout. But I usually feel ok when I'm there. Of the few accounts I found of people feeling anxious afterward, someone mentioned the bodies release of lactic acid. And that, that could cause anxiety. So I'm going to try looking into that.

And I wondered if - as you said that the double dose of chemicals - the antidepressant ones and then more of the natural ones could do it. Because I have a similiar reaction when I've had to adjust to a dose increase of antidepressants.

So that at least, gives me two "leads" into figuring it out what might cause it, and how to deal with it.

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1/20/09 6:39 P

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I have been exercising for two years now and I find that when I go to exercise that my anxiety increases while I am there. I take anxiety medications and still have the same reaction. The exercise however does make me feel more refreshed and gives me more energy. I guess you have to compromise. I tend to try to find something else to focus on while I am exercising and sometimes that helps. emoticon

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1/20/09 6:31 P

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Wow, exercising has really helped me.

Has anyone ever thought you to have ADHD? I wonder if that is a possibility?

I do know with antidepressants (the same chemicals being released in exercise) can make many people more anxious for the first couple of weeks.

I don't know how long you've been exercising for, but if it's under 6 weeks maybe it's a wait it out type of deal??


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1/20/09 3:49 P

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I was curious if others had this happen, and how they deal with it.

I find out the more I exercise, the more energy that I have, and then the more fidgety and anxiety prone I tend to be.

I'm not sure what is going on with the chemicals in my body/head, to have that reaction. I always hear more about how exercise is supposed to release endorphins and make one feel better. But I pretty much feel that I'm coming out of my skin.

Usually I'm pretty lethargic - don't get me wrong, energy is a good thing, but apparently I'm not used to it, and I don't really know how to manage it. Perhaps my lethargy was a way of self medication and I didn't even know it.

Anyone have a similiar problem - or methods that worked to cope with something similiar?

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