Hundreds of years ago, human brains evolved to conserve energy as much as possible. That was, of course, when humans were constantly hunting and gathering for their food — and their survival. But to this day, our brains still view extra involuntary movement as an "extravagant expense," as Jennifer Heisz, Ph.D., Associate Professor at McMaster University's Department of Kinesiology and director of the NeuroFit Lab, puts it.
So, how do you overcome your brain's natural pushback and get your body to move? On this episode of the Spartan Up! podcast, Heisz explains the effects of physical activity on brain function to promote mental health and cognition. Plus, the Move the Body, Heal the Mind author provides some simple recommendations for things that you can do right now to release your brain's feel-good chemicals more often.
Listen to the podcast in its entirety below to uncover how moving your body can heal your mind.
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