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Feeling Poor or Craving Cash? Try Going For a Run

Attention money-grubbers: A new study found that cardio exercise could help you calm those cravings. Here's how.

Do you spend too much time dreaming about making it rich—and not enough enjoying life? Try going for a run. A short burst of cardio could get your mind off your wallet for a bit, according to a new study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

One of the many benefits of exercise is that it releases chemicals in the brain that calm your nerves and improve your mood, and the post-workout flood of dopamine can also blunt your money cravings, the study found. Researchers theorize it's because the hours-long jump in dopamine caused by exercise is simply stronger than the short-term burst caused by craving cash—plain and simple. 

Also of note: In the study, the amount of exercise needed to blunt the cravings for money was short—only 30 minutes of running on a treadmill—and the effect held true for both sedentary volunteers and trained athletes.

You will probably never stop earning money (a guy’s got to make a living, right?), but if you are distracted during the day by wads of cash dancing through your mind, strap on your running shoes and hit the road. Your wallet may end up lighter—but so will your mid-section.

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