Sherry A. Phillips

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Can Exercise Calm Anxiety?

I know for me, the answer is yes. Whenever I’m feeling anxious or having a slight anxiety attack, a long run usually makes me feel much better.

A new Princeton University study apparently backs up that idea.

The study discovered exercise creates vibrant new brain cells and promptly shuts them down when they shouldn’t be in action.

Initially, that sounds incompatible because, how can exercise prompt the creation of new and very excitable brain cells, but at the same time, induce an overall pattern of calm?

From the NYT:

Dr. Gould states, other studies “show that physical exercise reduces anxiety in humans,” suggesting that similar remodeling takes place in the brains of people who work out.

“I think it’s not a huge stretch,” she concludes, “to suggest that the hippocampi of active people might be less susceptible to certain undesirable aspects of stress than those of sedentary people.”

You can read the entire article here.

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