Running may reduce the lust for money: study

05 March 2013 - 15:28 By AFP Relaxnews
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Aerobic exercise can reduce cravings for sugar and nicotine, and according to a new Germany study it may also reduce your desire for money.

In the study, in this month's issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers divided 48 men into two groups, with one group running on a treadmill for 30 minutes at low to moderate intensity.

According to Runner's World, the placebo group performed light stretches and arm circles.

An hour after the workouts, the subjects played a game in which money was the incentive, all while an MRI monitored their brain activity.

Runner's World writes that the subjects had to press buttons as quickly as possible to either win a euro or prevent themselves from losing one. Each subject performed the task 75 times.

Results showed that the running group had lower cravings for cash, likely due to the feel-good effect of dopamine -- which overrides the brain's desire for money, at least for a few hours after your workout.

Click here to access the study.

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