Exercise Makes You Crave Money Less

A neat study just published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise looks at the effect of aerobic exercise on the brain's reward system, using the chance of earning money as a reward. Researchers in Berlin had volunteers do either 30 minutes of treadmill exercise at 60-70% of VO2max, or 30 minutes of "placebo exercise" (light stretching, etc.). An hour later, they were put in a brain scanner and played a "monetary incentive delay" game, when they had to press buttons as quickly as possible in order to gain or avoid losing 1 euro at a time. Can you feel your dopamine levels spiking? (Credit: IvanWalsh.com) The main result is that, after aerobic exercise, the subjects had less activation of their reward systems in response to the prospect of gaining a euro. This result has been previously seen with other types of rewards like drugs and food, and probably relates to dopam...

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