Did you know that there is a link between exercise & depression? It may not be what you think. Read on…
The neurochemicals our bodies produce with exercise, endorphins, are actually similar to the drug morphine. Those endorphins are considered natural painkillers because they activate receptors in the brain that help minimize discomfort.
Studies show that levels of serotonin & norepinephrine increase with exercise as well. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? Because researchers have linked low levels of serotonin & norepinephrine to depression.
Good news is that exercise may actually help ward off depression & anxiety by enhancing the body’s ability to respond to stressors.
Exercise gives the body an opportunity to practice responding to stress, aligning the communication between the systems involved in stress response.
The less active we become, the more challenged we are in dealing with stress.
Remember, the next time you are under stress, forgo old strategies like gorging on ice cream or that extra glass of wine. These carry negative consequences.
Instead – Go for the stress reliever that fights depression, improves health & yields positive long-term effects more conducive to long-term happiness: EXERCISE.
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Time to put your emotions in motion!