Exercise Reduces Stress Response
Exercise reduces stress and anxiety. Most of us have heard of endorphins, the feel good chemicals that are released in our brains when we exercise. The study just published in The Journal of Neuroscience, identifies specific mechanisms by which exercise reduces stress and anxiety. The researchers found that those (mice) who exercised regularly had a boost of inhibitory neurons and released more GABA (gammaaminobutyric acid) in the ventral hippocampus. The anxiety reducing effect of exercise was also shown to be canceled when they blocked the GABA receptors.
In our increasingly stressed out world, with our growing numbers of ADHD and anxiety/depression children (and adults for that mater), here is a simple intervention that will be absolutely good for you, cost nothing (unless you choose to join a gym): GET REGULAR EXERCISE.
Other than eating right (no GMO or pesticides, no highly processed foods, no high-fructose corn syrup) and choosing organic whole foods (preferably locally grown), exercise is perhaps overlooked and underestimated in it’s importance.