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14 ways one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug we have

Business Insider Logo By Erin Brodwin of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 15: Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against the decline that comes with aging? Get moving. Exercises that get your heart pumping and sweat flowing - known as aerobic exercise, or "cardio" - have significant and  beneficial effects on the  brain and body, according to a wealth of recent research, including two new studies published this month. "Aerobic exercise is key for your head, just as it is for your heart," according to an article in a Harvard Medical School blog. Here are some of the ways cardio is such a boon for our bodies.

Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against the decline that comes with aging?

Get moving.

Exercises that get your heart pumping and sweat flowing - known as aerobic exercise, or "cardio" - have significant and beneficial effects on the brain and body, according to a wealth of recent research, including two new studies published this month.

"Aerobic exercise is key for your head, just as it is for your heart," according to an article in a Harvard Medical School blog.

Here are some of the ways cardio is such a boon for our bodies.

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