(NPR) — One health psychologist says regular exercise does far more than make us physically stronger and healthier. It can:
help us bond to others
improve mood and outlook
reveal hidden strength
A new book, The Joy of Movement, offers more motivation to exercise. It's not just about getting fit or looking good: Exercise can give you courage, pleasure and better friendships.
And while exercise activates the same channels of the brain's reward system that addictive drugs do, she explains, it does so “in a way that has the complete opposite effect on your capacity to enjoy life.”
Exactly how it all works isn't fully understood.