Wednesday, July 7, 2010

How does Exercise Help your Mood?

Did You Know that since the early 1900's there have been over 100 studies done on the relationship between exercise and decreased depression?

Exercising releases those “feel good” brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters and endorphins. Neurotransmitters are particularly interesting because they are the chemicals in which anti-depressants are said to boost. Exercise has also shown to reduce immune system chemicals that often worsen depression.

Although the effects of exercising on mental health are not completely clear, it is definite that there is a positive effect on a person’s psychological and emotional health when they exercise. One study in particular used three groups of people. One group exercised, one group took Zoloft, and one group did both. Incredibly, the group that solely exercised did better than both of the other two groups. Read more on this study at