Thursday, December 21, 2006

Exercise improves cognition

Exercise Appears To Improve Brain Function Among Younger People ScienceDaily 12/20/06 ""Physical activity may be beneficial to cognition during early and middle periods of the human lifespan and may continue to protect against age-related loss of cognitive function during older adulthood," said Charles H. Hillman, a U. of I. professor of kinesiology and of community health and the lead author of the study...After controlling for gender and IQ -- factors related to physical activity participation or cognitive function -- the researchers documented slower reaction time among older compared with younger subjects, and improved (faster) reaction time with increased physical-activity participation. Among older participants, those who indicated they were physically active demonstrated improved task performance -- in reaction time and response accuracy....Physical activity is related to better cognitive health and effective functioning across the lifespan"

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