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How important is physical activity to your mental state?

It might seem unusual that not exercising could lead to depression, long thought a disorder of personality. But, as a result of studies from the Russian space programme, they found that young cosmonauts subjected to the forced inactivity of a space flight fall prey to depression. Yet when put on a schedule of regular exercise, that depression is avoided.

Your brain, which controls any risk of depression appears to lie with a class of neurochemicals called cholamine’s. In depressed patients, whose levels of catecholamines are abnormally low, healthy levels can be restored by giving antidepressant drugs, BUT the NATURAL solution to accomplish this is through regular exercise.

Of interest, NASA has reported a significant increase in the number of females wanting to become astronauts. Take a glimpse how one female astronaut now keeps fit while in space, at zero gravity!

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