How Exercise May Protect Against Depression- NYTimes

it was a great day when i got over trying to exercise to control my body to trying to exercise because i liked the way it made me feel. this is a fascinating new study that shows evidence towards the benefits of exercise and muscle movement to helping PREVENT the symptoms of depression, nothing proven about helping existing depression.

from Gretchen Reynolds for the NYTimes Wellness blog:

How Exercise May Protect Against Depression

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Gretchen Reynolds on the science of fitness.

Exercise may help to safeguard the mind against depression through previously unknown effects on working muscles, according to a new study involving mice. The findings may have broad implications for anyone whose stress levels threaten to become emotionally overwhelming.

Mental health experts have long been aware that even mild, repeated stress can contribute to the development of depression and other mood disorders in animals and people.

Scientists have also known that exercise seems to cushion against depression. Working out somehow makes people and animals emotionally resilient, studies have shown.

But precisely how exercise, a physical activity, can lessen someone’s risk for depression, a mood state, has been mysterious.

So for the…


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