Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Mood Booster!

From Denise Austin this morning:
Exercise: The Mood Booster!

While it's not news that exercise is good for the body, researchers say it's also good for the brain! One study divided a group of depressed patients into two sets — those who walked on a regular basis and those who took medication. To their surprise, researchers found those who walked recovered from their blues just as well as the antidepressant group!

Even if you're not clinically depressed, regular exercise will strengthen your mental reserves against the stresses and strains of everyday life. While scientists don't understand exactly why this is, they know exercise sets in motion many chemical reactions in your body that work to your benefit. So when you're feeling overwhelmed, try taking a walk instead of a nap! You'll be surprised how much calmer and in control you'll feel!

3 comments:

Donnalouise, Donna or DC said...

I couldn't agree more...since I've been moving more, I've noticed my better mood.

Sarah said...

can't believe how this has come to my attention lately...I'm sure if I went to a clinic...they could call me clinically depressed!! I exercised for 2 weeks straight, then let other things get in the way so I've had two weeks off...starting this weekend, I'm gonna get back on track!!
thanks for the post!

Slenderella said...

I know that when I exercise regularly, I feel much happier and calmer. Perhaps it helps knowing when we exercise we're taking time out for ourselves.