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Gimme Dopamine!! Fast!

Posted Sep 22 2008 11:03am

Recently, I underwent surgical repair of a hockey hernia. This is also referred to as, a guy who is in his early 40’s and still thinks he can play hockey like a 20 year old syndrome. Lesson learned.

I have posted previously about the tremendous benefits exercise has brought to my life in winning the battle against ADD. So to recap, aerobic exercise increases levels of dopamine in our brains. As a result, this provides emotional levity, the ability to focus, mental alertness and calmness. When we don’t produce dopamine, it can cause depression, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, attention problems, stress and sleep problems. After the last 2 months of not being able to exercise, having surgery and rehabilitating……it has served as a very good reminder of how important it is for an ADD’er like me to exercise and get that dopamine going in my brain.

I have missed my runs, bike rides, working out at the gym and the other activities I normally participate in. Starting slowly and rebuilding my exercise routine has felt fantastic! Are you getting your dopamine? As for hockey, I think its time to retire.

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