Voluntary physical exercise protects against behavioral and endocrine reactivity to social and environmental stressors in the prairie vole.

@article{Watanasriyakul2018VoluntaryPE,
  title={Voluntary physical exercise protects against behavioral and endocrine reactivity to social and environmental stressors in the prairie vole.},
  author={W Tang Watanasriyakul and Joshua Wardwell and Neal McNeal and Rachel E. Schultz and Matthew Woodbury and Ashley Dagner and Miranda Cox and Angela J. Grippo},
  journal={Social neuroscience},
  year={2018},
  volume={13 5},
  pages={
          602-615
        }
}
Physical activity can combat detrimental effects of stress. The current study examined the potential protective effects of exercise against a combination of social isolation and chronic mild stress (CMS) in a prairie vole model. Female voles were isolated for 4 weeks, with the addition of CMS during the final 2 weeks. Half of the voles were allowed access to a running wheel during this final 2 weeks, while the other half remained sedentary. Animals underwent behavioral tests to assess… CONTINUE READING