If the stress of day to day life gets to you now and again, the solution may be as simple as making sure you get a regular workout. Aside from the well-established health benefits of regular activity, new research suggests that exercise actually changes the part of our brains responsible for handling stress. We’ve discussed what stress really does to you and how to handle it, and one thing that comes up over and over again is that you should make time to exercise. A new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience notes that when both sedentary mice and mice that were allowed and encouraged to run regularly were both put in mindly anxiety-inducing situations, the parts of the brain responsible for stress response lit up in both groups’ brains. However, the mice that were regular runners adapted quickly and were able to “cope” with the anxiety much more rapidly than the sedentary mice, who still showed signs of stress and anxiety long after their counterpart group had calmed down. What all of this suggests, says Elizabeth Gould, director of the Gould Lab at Princeton, who wrote the paper with her graduate student Timothy Schoenfeld, now at the National… Read full this story
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