Previous research showed physical exercise can have antidepressant effects, but until now scientists didn’t fully understand how it worked.
“In the depressed rats, running had an antidepressant-like effect after running for 30 days,” Bjornebekk told LiveScience.
The researchers also examined the hippocampus region of the brain, involved in learning and memory. Neurons there increased dramatically in the depressed rats after wheel-running.
Running had a similar effect as common antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on lifting depression.
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Perhaps This is Some Needed Motivation
Exercise can help grow new brain cells!