Why It Should Always Be the Season for Exercise

By Michelle Voss

We all know that exercise is good for us. And this past holiday season, the market was awash with activity monitors like the FitBit and Nike Fuel Band to help you reach your fitness goals from the neck down. But what about from the neck up?

Although it may come as no surprise that exercise is good for your brain, we still do not have the metrics to guide optimal exercise for mental health. Today, the most common explanations for how exercise boosts mental health are that when we exercise we release endorphins that make us feel good and that exercise increases blood flow to our brains. Another explanation is that when we become more “physically fit,” our brains become more fit. But the truth is that scientists still cannot fully explain the numerous mental health benefits of exercise. If we can’t explain it, we don’t know how to suggest the best types of exercise for your brain or how often you should do them, and we don’t know how to biologically mimic exercise when it’s not possible. The good news is that research from our team and others continues to make progress in understanding the connection between exercise —> Read More Here


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