Just 1 exercise session can boost brain functioning and mood

A single bout of physical activity has been shown to work wonders for the brain.

Smiling Man After Jog Run

GETTING THE RECOMMENDED amount of either 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week has been linked to preventing stroke and heart disease, along with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. And hitting the gym more often can increase the chance of getting all swole, and lower your risk of being a weakling.

But a single bout of physical activity (or acute exercise), a recent meta-analysis that appeared in the journal Brain Plasticity found, can offer a large array of positive changes in the brain. Researchers investigated a large amount of recent research that examined what happens to many aspects of brain functioning—cognitive, behavioral, neurophysiological, neurochemical—when people exercise.

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