Can Exercise Strengthen Your Brain?
by C. Markus
As we all know, there are many benefits to exercise. From weigh loss to mood improvement, exercise provides countless benefits- but could it also make our brains stronger?
Yes, say researchers at the University of South Carolina. In a recent study, scientists at the university split mice into two groups. One group ran for 30 minutes a day and the other just lounged around. Over an 8 week period the mice were studied. They shared the same living quarters, and the only difference was one group was allowed to run on the treadmill for 30 minutes a day.
At the end of the 8 weeks, both groups were forced to run on the treadmill, and to no one’s surprise, the group that had been using the treadmill physically outperformed the group that did not.
When they examined the brain of the mice, they found mitochondrial development in the brains of the mice that used the treadmill. Mitochondria are what give you more endurance when you exercise, so the more mitochondria, the more endurance. This is great news for humans; lack of mitochondria in the brain is thought to be the cause of many neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. While this experiment was only done with mice, it provides promising news. So get out and exercises! Who knows- you might just be saving your life.
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