Unless you have been living in a cave for the last century, you know that regular exercise promotes vitality and can prevent chronic health problems, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But, did you know that exercising regularly can also be good for your mind? Research suggests that those who exercise habitually, whether it be resistance training or cardiovascular training, exhibit fewer symptoms of mental illness, such as depression, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. Acute effects of exercise trigger the release of “feel good” chemicals in your body called endorphins. Endorphins are natural opiates that affect the body and mind, similarly to commonly over prescribed and or abused substances, in a healthy natural way. Chronic adaptations to exercise include long-term emotional health leading to a well adjusted individual, as well as mental integrity as one ages. Both acute and chronic effects of exercise promote mental function and acuity too. So take a deep breath, get moving and start pumping some endorphin and oxygen rich blood your body and mind are craving!