Has anybody on here ever dealt with exercise induced anxiety? Three years ago I had a bad panic attack while on an elliptical machine (heart racing for no reason).
I've dealt with anxiety for a long time and it physically manifests itself in different ways. First it was the nocturnal panic attacks, then it was a heart racing for no reason in the middle of the day, sometimes it's the sensation that my heart is skipping a beat. For the most part I have practiced meditation and acceptance, and it has really worked. I've had all sorts of test done and seen doctors of all sorts, and everything is fine. I know it is anxiety.
But the one hurdle I have yet to overcome is going back to the gym. Because cardio get your heart rate up, it is the same type of feeling as having a panic attack. I've done some fast walking, but that is as far as I can get. I am so afraid to start doing cardio again, yet I know that exercise is one of the best things for your anxiety. It's almost as if anxiety has me in a catch 22! Literally walking into a gym can make my heart race. Wondering if someone else has ever dealt with this?