A Neuroscientist Says There’s a Powerful Benefit to Exercise That is Rarely Discussed

By Wendy A. Suzuki – Let’s start with one of the most practical immediate benefits of breaking a sweat: exercise combats stress.

Exercise is a powerful way to combat feelings of stress because it causes immediate increases in levels of key neurotransmitters, including serotonin, noradrenalin, dopamine and endorphins, that are often depleted by anxiety and depression. That’s why going for a run or spending 30 minutes on the elliptical can boost our moods immediately—combatting the negative feelings we often associate with chronic stressors we deal with every day.

In my lab, we have also demonstrated that exercise improves our ability to shift and focus attention. more> http://goo.gl/dVvEMG

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