How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond The Gym • Discoverology

How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond The Gym

Health, Life

Physical activity boosts short-term brain function and heightens awareness. And even on days they don’t train — which rules out fatigue as a factor — those who habitually push their bodies tend to confront daily stressors with a stoic demeanor.

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Explainers, Life, Videos

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Life, Long Reads

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Explainers, Life

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Health, Life

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Health, Videos

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