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  • Exercise and Depression – Multiple studies show that exercise can lessen mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication. A study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%. Exercise promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also causes the release of endorphins, chemicals in your brain that make you feel good            
  • Exercise and ADHD – Exercising regularly can effectively reduce the symptoms of ADHD and improve concentration, motivation, memory, and mood. This kind of physical activity boosts the brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels, which all affect focus and attention. Because of this, exercise can work just as well as ADHD medications, and not have the negative side effects.
  • Exercise and stress – Exercising is an effective way to reduce the stress that many of us feel in our daily lives. Physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body, as well as releasing endorphins in the brain. When your body feels better your mind will too.

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