- Major depressive disorder is often characterized by depleted glutamate and GABA, Studies show that exercise activates the metabolic pathway that replenishes these neurotransmitters.
- Vigorous exercise between 80 – 85% of max heart rate increases production of these neurotransmitters which help regulate psychological and emotional wellbeing.
- Exercise can be used to self-medicate as it stimulates the release of these neurotransmitters which are proven to improve the chemical environment in the brain for the long and short term.
- These chemicals can act as an anti- depressant therapy making exercise one of the most reliable mood boosters in the world.
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