1. Reduced Anxiety and Panic Attacks:
I still get very anxious in large social settings, but with an extremely low resting heart rate, I don’t always feel as bad when it happens.
Self stimulation is common with people on the spectrum. It helps regulate sensory input and reduces anxiety. The repetitive motion of running or weight lifting helps me with this. Sometimes if you pay close attention, I start rubbing my head vigorously when I’m overwhelmed. Taking it to the gym gives me some relief.
3. Self-Confidence: I don’t like to be the center of attention for many reasons. I’m just now learning to like to take pictures. Most of my issues revolve around self confidence and poor self image, which can happen with some people on the spectrum. Yes exercise can make me look good, but the real reason I do it is because it makes me feel good about myself.