The Muscle between your ears

Did you know that working-out combats depression?

A study by UC Davies Health System discovered that exercise on a stationary bike (to a heart rate of 85% of predicted maximum heart rate) altered participants’ levels of two crucial neurotransmitters (GABA and glutamate) that are responsible for the growth of your brain cells.  They found that “major depressive disorder is often characterized by depleted glutamate and GABA. Our study shows that exercise activates the metabolic pathway that replenishes these neurotransmitters”.

Club Physical ZUMBA instructor and author – Yumi Takagi, writes in her book Empowered by the Storm“It doesn’t matter what form of exercise you choose. ‘Working-out’ gives you power. When you sweat you feel that something has peeled off. It’s as if you removed a heavy winter jacket and re-charged the power in your body and brain!”

Yumi takes classes at the Birkenhead club.

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