Running (or Walking Briskly) Away From Addiction

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IT'S NO SECRET THAT exercising regularly can relieve stress, boost your mood and body image, ease depression and anxiety, and improve other psychological issues. Working up a sweat also can help you kick a substance abuse habit – and new research provides insight into the neurobiological mechanisms behind this positive effect. In a study involving animals, in the April 2, 2018, issue of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, researchers at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions found that daily aerobic exercise altered dopamine signaling in the brain in ways that may make alcohol and other substances of abuse less appealing or rewarding.