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Moving for your mood

12:25 PM, Mar. 6, 2013
Wendie Martell-Williams of Merrill, left, leads a Nia class Feb. 23 at the Woodson YMCA in Wausau.
Wendie Martell-Williams of Merrill, left, leads a Nia class Feb. 23 at the Woodson YMCA in Wausau.
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You maybe never stopped to think about it, but while you were pumping your arms and legs and sweating your way through a fitness routine your brain also was getting stimulated.

The mind and body connection offers a steady stream of new research, and health experts still are trying to explain exactly how the mood is enhanced by exercise. What is known is that the brain releases neurotransmitters and endorphins that can ease depression.

Fitness instructor Wendie Martell-Williams is a certified Nia white belt. She has spent nine years teaching Neuromuscular Integrated Action, or Nia, which ...

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