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January 31, 2014

Your rostral ventrolateral medulla wants you to move

My what, you say??  Yes your rostral ventrolateral medulla, an area of the brain that controls the body’s sympathetic nervous system.  We know that exercising is associated with positive changes in your brain, but this article summarizes new research suggesting that inactivity may be associated with negative changes.

“In effect, these neurons had changed in ways that made them likely to overstimulate the sympathetic nervous system, potentially increasing blood pressure and contributing to the development of heart disease.”

So get up off the couch and DO SOMETHING!!

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