PTSD: Get regular exercise

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PTSD and regular exercise

Get Regular Exercise

There are many reasons why exercise is helpful for people with symptoms of PTSD. Here are the recommended exercise guidelines:

  • Aim to exercise about 20 to 30 minutes at least 3 times a week. It is best to establish a regular routine to make it more likely that you’ll stick with it.
  • For cardiorespiratory benefits, the exercise should involve moving large muscle groups continually for at least 20 minutes, such as brisk walking, bicycling, or swimming.
  • If depression is a symptom you have along with PTSD, exercise is known to be effective in reducing depression symptoms.

One caution: if exercise triggers hyperventilation and panic, talk to your doctor or counselor about breathing exercises and other methods for preventing or managing these attacks.

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