Your Brain on Exercise

  • Published14 Nov 2018
  • Reviewed14 Nov 2018
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Thinking about skipping out on the gym today? Not so fast. It’s not just your glutes and biceps that will miss out if you bypass exercise — so will your brain. Neuroscientists have shown that regular exercise supports brain function, a positive mood, and cognitive health.

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