Regular workouts not only help you fit into your skinny jeans, but also boost your brain power… and those benefits accumulate over time
Did you know that a single workout boosts your brain power?
What’s more, when you work out regularly, those cognitive benefits yield long-term brain gains.
This is according to new research being presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) in San Francisco.
“There is a strong and direct link between physical activity and how your brain works,” says Wendy Suzuki of New York University (NYU), who is chairing a symposium on the topic at CNS.
“People still do not link physical health to the brain and cognitive health; they think about fitting into a bikini or losing that last pound, not about all the brain systems they are improving and enhancing every time they work out.”
Brain scans before and after workouts
The initial findings of lead researcher Michelle Voss, of the University of Iowa, and her team suggest that the brain changes observed after a single workout study could be a biomarker of sorts for long-term training.
Study participants underwent fMRI brain scans and working memory tests before and after single sessions of light and moderate intensity exercise and after a 12-week long training program.
The researchers found that those who saw the biggest improvements in cognition and functional brain connectivity after the single session of moderate intensity physical activity, also showed the biggest long-term gains in cognition and connectivity.
“Think about how physical activity may help your cognition today and see what works. Day by day, the benefits of physical activity can add up,” says Voss.
Source: Cognitive Neuroscience Society via www.sciencedaily.com
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