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Healthy brains are con­stantly cre­at­ing neu­rons. Un­for­tu­nately, when we’re stressed out or un­happy, our brains don’t pro­duce as many neu­rons, even though that’s when we need them most.

A study re­cently tested a novel ther­apy, MAP, to see how men­tal and phys­i­cal train­ing in­creases neu­ron pro­duc­tion, and keeps those neu­rons alive and kick­ing. Twice a week, study par­tic­i­pants per­formed 30 min­utes of med­i­ta­tion fol­lowed by 30 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity on a tread­mill or sta­tion­ary bike. Af­ter eight weeks, the re­sults in­di­cated that pa­tients’ de­pres­sive symp­toms had been re­duced by 40 per­cent.

Re­searchers be­lieve this means that a com­bi­na­tion of men­tal and phys­i­cal ex­er­cise is an ef­fec­tive treat­ment in com­bat­ing stress and de­pres­sion. Since aer­o­bic ex­er­cise and med­i­ta­tion are non­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and re­quire no fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment, MAP ther­apy is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to all.

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