The Link Between Exercise and Resilience

Ever wonder what is happening in your brain when you exercise? The research article Exercise Reorganizes the Brain to Be More Resilient to Stress out of Princeton University, explains exactly what happens. They looked at the connection between exercise, anxiety and the neurons that fire.

The study looked at mice and found that the mice that exercised did not have an emotionally triggered response to a stressful situation like the mice that did not exercise. “Understanding how the brain regulates anxious behavior gives us potential clues about helping people with anxiety disorders. It also tells us something about how the brain modifies itself to respond optimally to its own environment,” said Gould, who also is a professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

So if you are more analytical and need proof that exercise will boost your resilience, here you go. Now lace up those shoes and go for a walk.