Exercise Anxiety – It’s normal to avoid things if we feel it will hurt. Therefore it is natural to feel anxious about exercising. It is important to manage your exercise anxiety and fear of re-injury in order to regain normal muscle function. The basis for feeling anxiety about lower back painlies in the central nervous system, which responds to pain by instructing the muscles near the affected part to protect against further injury. Only appropriate physical training that specifically compels the muscles to improve their function can overcome this neurological barrier to normal muscle function. Remember that exercise releases the natural chemicals — such as adrenalin — that accumulate during stress. Exercise relieves chronic muscle tension, reduces insomnia and decreases depression and anxiety.