New research conducted at Queen’s University has shown that exercise, as little as a 10 minute walk on a treadmill, had a positive impact on individuals suffering from anxiety disorders.

The study, conducted by Adam Heenan, a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology, measured the before and after effects of exercise (treadmill walking and/or yoga) utilizing point-light displays to determine levels of anxiety based on orientation perceptions. Normally anxiety disorder patients would see these point figures as threatening and facing towards them however exercise lessened these perceptions in study participants.

Many researchers believe that anxiety sufferers focus more on perceived threats and begin a progressive spiral that manifests itself in the disorder. This study was important in that it illustrated the positive impact of disrupting this perception merely by engaging in a 10 minute walk on a treadmill.

While the study does not indicate the biological reasons for the symptom dissipation it does coincide with a variety of studies that show improvement in mood and decreases in levels of depression brought about by a consistent program of walking.

TrekDesk Treadmill Desk’s previous reports have brought to light studies showing walking to be significantly more beneficial than any of the normally prescribed medications for depression and its curative abilities impacting the patient at a much faster rate as well. 

Walking with a treadmill desk during the work day is a simple and safe way to improve a general sense of well being. At a time when Americans are walking less than half of the minimum prescribed (5 miles per day) amount necessary for health maintenance it would be wise for physicians to evaluate inactivity as a primary risk factor for many mood disorders along with other major health risks.