I have had social anxiety for quite some time now, it got real bad. I have always done exercise, mostly running and surfing. I can onhestly say that my anxiety and mental health was at its worst the during times when i exercised little.
I am now on an exercise plan which I strictly adhere to everyday. Quite a bit of strenous (cardiovascular) exercise like running mixed with less strenous exercise like surfing, walking etc.
I can honestly say that regular exercise is helping me get through the problems I have had in my life. I am happy, I am calm, I can meet people in the eye, my body is happy - a healthy body is a healthy mind they say, it may be a cliche but its damn true..