EXERCISE YOUR MIND POWER
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.