Moving the Body to Ease the Mind

Drugs treat the brain, but the body offers its own biochemical treatments

Your mind and body are inseparable. Each affects the other. (Microgen/Shutterstock)
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We exercise for a variety of reasons. Some want a healthier heart. Others work out as a way to build strength, endurance, and coordination. Still, others are motivated by image, and a desire to sculpt a fitter-looking figure. All of these pursuits have a physical goal. But for some people, exercise is more of a mental thing. For this group, the primary drive for regular movement is mood enhancement. It’s the motivating factor for psychologist Cynthia H
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