Veterans Managing PTSD Benefit from Fitness and Personal Training

"A 2016 study in behavioral cardiology establishes a strong link between post-traumatic stress disorder and an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases and deaths," according to the American Journal of Managed Care. Besides improving your overall health and preventing cardiovascular disease, exercise linked with personal training has additional wellness and symptoms relief benefits that will provide encouragement to veterans.

PTSD and Fitness Connection

Fitness is a significant factor when it comes to managing and treating PTSD. A Canadian study established "that aerobic exercise was generally effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD and anxiety sensitivity, regardless of individuals' fitness levels." What is most encouraging about this study is that individuals who had a low level of cardio-respiratory fitness obtained the most significant symptom reduction benefits. This can be a motivating factor to those who have been inactive and are starting a new exercise program.

Importance of Personal Training

You do not have to start down this path alone. In fact, personal training is another important factor in both motivating and assistingveterans and others suffering from PTSD to overcome major obstacles that often discourage starting a new exercise program. A study conducted in Belgium reported that health care professionals and fitness professionals "should assist people with PTSD to overcome barriers to physical activity such as physical pain, loss of energy, lack of interest and motivation, generalized fatigue and feelings of hyperarousal."

What type of workout is recommended?

The same study suggested that the objective for those with PTSD should include two forms of exercise in order to achieve the best results.

  • Aerobic Exercise. An objective of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of intensive aerobic activity per week.
  • Resistance Training. This type of exercise should be added two times per week as well.

The high risk of cardiovascular disease in veterans and PTSD sufferers is excellent motivation for starting a new wellness program, but more encouraging is the fact that solid research shows that exercising with a personal trainer can have a significant impact on reducing PTSD symptoms. Contact Trilogy Fitness and Wellbeing to learn how you can start an exercise program to help manage your symptoms and improve your overall health.

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