Build Your Resistance to Depression: The Exercise/Depression Connection

Posted on December 30, 2014 by VITAL WorkLife

New research from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden was published in the journal Cell last month that demonstrates how exercise can help prevent stress-induced depression.

It's long been known that exercise releases dopamine and endorphins—naturally occurring neurotransmitters which can have an anti-depressant effect on the brain. Exercise can elevate your mood when you are down.

This new research shows how a regular exercise program provides a barrier that prevents stress from deteriorating your mood. It was shown that the protein PGC-1a1 (pronounced PGC-1alpha1) increases in skeletal muscle with exercise. This protein helps purge the blood of KAT, a substance formed during stress that is harmful to the brain.

If you have a tendency toward depression, this research suggests that exercising while your mood is good may help prevent what might have been your next depression.

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