Ever feel happier after a good workout? You should, because studies show that exercise has a significant antidepressant effect, and European researchers may have figured out why.
- Long, intense exercise stresses your body and it responds by releasing hormones, including cortisol, from your adrenal glands.
- The increase in cortisol in your blood revs up a molecule of your endocannabinoid system called anandamide.
- Anandamide signals regions of your brain to release a substance called BDNF, which can protect your neurons and act as an antidepressant.
Staying healthy is more than just pumping iron, marathons, and yoga sessions. Ask your Sheddon Physiotherapist about how you can start getting healthier today! Call us at (905) 849-4576