Comparing Aerobic Exercise with Yoga in Anxiety Reduction: An Integrative Review

Author: Amanda K Cole1, Tamera Pearson1, Mary Knowlton1
1 School of Nursing, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA.
Conference/Journal: Issues Ment Health Nurs
Date published: 2021 Aug 26
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1080/01612840.2021.1965269. , Word Count: 95

Anxiety is a common mental health disorder that affects many Americans yet often goes unrecognized or undertreated. The purpose of this article is to review the current literature to assist in determining which alternative and complimentary therapy, aerobic exercise or yoga, is most beneficial in reducing anxiety symptoms. The literature search process resulted in a total of 14 articles included in the review. Results indicate that yoga is more effective in decreasing anxiety symptoms than aerobic exercise. Health care providers can use this information to help recommend an alternative form of therapy for patients.

PMID: 34436979 DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2021.1965269