Get a Move-on!

When I was growing up the only way the brain could be studied was after you were dead. With current technology researchers can now see electrical activity and brain structure in living brains.  The information on emotional states and the brain has exploded (the information, not the brain).  

Meowie Getting a Move On by Peggy

We known for a long time how important exercise is for our body, but what we did not realize is how important exercise is for the brain.

Exercise has the same effects on the brain chemistry as antidepressant medications. Several studies have demonstrated that its benefits can ‘exceed even those of medication’.

“Exercise increases nerve growth factors, such as brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which are like steroids for the brain. Most people suffering from depression due to a deficiency of serotonin  depend wholly on psychiatric medications and consume antidepressants which target the serotonin system in your brain to elevate serotonin levels, that increase your motivation and willpower-and  minimize the activity of depression. Today neuroscientific research provides evidence that exercise can also ‘boost serotonin activity’.”

“Any movement such as:

  • walking  
  • jogging 
  • gardening
  • walking up and down the stairs

increases ‘the firing rate of serotonin neurons’, which causes them to release more serotonin to treat your depression or create new good habits. Similarly, exercise with moderate intensity increases your norepinephrine– which controls in depressive people the difficulties with concentration and deep thinking.”

“When you exercise your brain releases endorphins that act on your neurons like opiates (such as Vicodin or morphine) by sending ‘neural signal to reduce pain and provide anxiety relief’.

Exercise also speeds up activation of the endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids (marijuana) are a naturally occurring chemical in the brain which reduces pain and increases positive feelings.”

Get Your Move On!  Unlike cannabinoids it’s legal everywhere.

To read the entire article by Professor B L Chakoo

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8 comments on “Get a Move-on!

    • I have read that exercise is the single best thing you can do for your mind and your body. Ans remember that just 10 minutes of brisk exercise lifts your mood for 4 hours!! That is MY incentive!


  1. I go to my exercise classes at the senior center and at the YMCA. Love the drawing of Meowie lifting weight. Is Meowie developing muscles?


  2. This is a really good reminder about the benefits of exercise on our mood and overall well being. I was just reading an article in the New Yorker about how going for a walk helps with thinking and creativity.

    Thanks for the nudge. More walking coming up….



    • Peta,
      Judging from your wonderful travel-log blog it would seem you walk a lot (except when I’ve seen you hop on the back of a motorbike . . . or lounging in your outdoor bathtub!). Hopefully, you will enjoy CATNIPblog as much as I have enjoyed

      thanks for taking time to comment.
      judy & Peggy too


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