Feeling down? We always hear/say that working out improves our mood – here’s some scientific stuff that you may want to know what working out does to you.
1) Makes you smarter! – Brain imaging studies show that exercise boosts activity in the brain’s frontal lobes and the hippocampus. Exercise keeps these brain-derived neurotrophic factor cells healthy in a way that even playing chess [and other highly cognitive activities] does not.
2) Releases Endorphins, makes you happier – Research in 1970s show a significant rise of endorphins, morphine-like peptides, in the blood of marathon runner (runner’s high).
3) No Prozac needed – Physical activity promoted the creation and survival of neurotransmitters — exercise boosted levels of three neurotransmitters — serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
4) Lower the incidence of depression – A study at Duke University last year showed that walking for 30 minutes had a significant effect in depressed patients.