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When Eddie's patients come back and tell him they're exercising regularly, he asks, "Well, what keeps you exercising?"
Invariably they point to their head and say, "It just makes me feel better. I yell at the kids less, I'm more creative, I'm sleeping better, my mood is better." And the research backs them up. Listen to the full episode above.
A Closer Look
It's common to talk about "runner's high" and endorphins. But Dr. Eddie Phillips says it goes way beyond that now.
We are actually increasing our serotonin, our norepinephrine. To borrow a phrase, we're "dopaminizing" — we're increasing the dopamine in our brains. That's the same [chemical] that is released when you eat certain foods and have sex and take drugs — it's all releasing the same neurochemistry. And it's just from lifting the weights and going for a little run.
In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association listed exercise as a treatment for depression. And by the way, Michelle Obama is on record saying that she gets depressed if she doesn't get her exercise in.
Enjoyed The Music?
That was Ripe performing the song "Downward."
Ripe is a seven-piece funk group from Boston. Lead singer Robbie Wulfsohn and the band met at Berklee and have since played all over Boston and the U.S., as well as supported G. Love on tour.
You can listen to the full Magic Pill playlist here.
--Check out Dr. John Ratey's book "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise And The Brain"