2. Prevents Depression
Many of us have read studies that claim exercise fights depression symptoms, however, this 2014 study published in the journal, Cell, found that exercise also prevents depression in the first place.
Researchers explain that stress triggers a harmful substance that builds up in the blood and brain. However, scientists pinpointed a specific protein (known as Skeletal muscle PGC-1α1) that can help break down and eradicate this harmful stress substance. Good news, this protective stress protein is naturally produced by skeletal muscle during exercise.