Barbells and the Blues

Functional Medicine

What does exercise have to do with feeling down?

Quite a lot!

There was a study done at Duke that studied individuals who were suffering from mild to moderate depression. One group was given medication, the second group exercised for thirty minutes three times a week for four months.

The study showed that there was a significant improvement in mood with those who exercised and did not take medication compared to those who just took the medication. And what’s more, is those people did not go back on medication after the study was completed!

So what is going on?

Why does your body feel better after you exercise?

You may be screaming “It Doesn’t!” but those brief moments of discomfort prove to have many positive benefits that extend much past your mood!

From a neurological perspective the front part of your brain is responsible for your mood. This part of the brain is activated when you exercise. The more you exercise the more you activate your brain the more mood control you will have.

One other example is a stress hormone, Cortisol, released by the adrenal glands. Exercise helps the body process this hormone more efficiently. In other words, the more you exercise the less stress your body will experience.

Get it? Got it? GOOD!!

Till next time be Healthy!


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