8 surprising ways exercise affects your brain

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Exercise is clearly good for our bodies — it can lead to a lower resting heart rate, decreased risk of disease, improved endurance, and much more.

But physical activity offers huge mental and psychological benefits as well. In fact, working out is pretty much the closest thing we have to a wonder drug. 

Here are a few of the research-backed benefits that exercise has for your mind.

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