Movement and your mind

July 2022

Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine (Menlo Park, California) weighs in on the connection between your mind and body.
• We were born to move. Any exercise is a nod to one of your basic needs. That can naturally make you happier.
• Sleep is the spa of the brain. It helps reload feel-good chemicals in your brain (aka serotonin and dopamine).
• Exercising outside may be a double benefit from both the activity and the outdoors.
• A dose of exercise can produce brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is like fertilizer for your brain cells. When someone is depressed or stuck in anxiety loops, any change to the brain’s wiring can be helpful.

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