As a longtime believer that exercise is the next-best-thing to a magic pill (and reformed exerciser hater!), I loved reading a new study that explores the physiological effects of exercise on the brain.
Past research has shown that exercise causes beneficial changes on the cellular level in muscles (including increasing energy). Exercise has also been shown to affect our brain, most notably in terms of reducing depression and improving memory. But the biological reason for these benefits had not yet been demonstrated.
This all changed with a recent study out of the University of South Carolina conducted by J. Mark Davis. Specifically, researches found that there are actual cellular changes in the brain that take place following exercise.
The study followed two groups of mice that were identical except that one group exercised for an hour six days per week. At the end of the study, researchers looked at the mice’s brains (sorry, guys! That HAD to hurt).
What they found was the first clear evidence that there are cellular differences in the brain of exercisers versus non-exercisers.
Remember that ad “this is your brain on drugs” (some of you are too young for that). Well this is your brain on exercise J
What changes do YOU notice when you exercise (or don’t exercise)?