Physical Fitness Can Boost Brain Activity in Youth

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Brain and brawn can really go together. The link between cognitive ability and exercise has been the subject of considerable research. Now the largest and most in-depth research on the subject, published in Nature, aims to address two gaps in existing research, its effect on young, healthy people and establishing a direct link between physical fitness (PF) and brain activity, particularly with the white matter microstructure.

The team used the brain imaging data of 1206 participants from the Human Connectome Project (mean age 28.8 years, 45.5 percent male). An in-depth analysis was conducted on all the available data to ensure that all relevant factors were included, such as BMI, blood sugar or education level of participants. PF was measured through a walking endurance test, while cognitive ability was tested on the basis on the NIH Cognition Total Composite Score, a globally accepted test for mental ability.

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The researchers found a positive association between cognitive ability and PF, even after discounting factors like BMI, HbA1c, education, age, sex, and blood pressure. This association was applicable to nearly all cognitive functions, including cognitive flexibility, processing speed, and fluid intelligence. They also found the activation of the white matter microstructure, indicating critical structural alterations. Protection Status
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Paromita Datta covers the latest health and wellness trends for Organic Facts. An ex-journalist who specialized in health and entertainment news, Paromita was responsible for managing a health supplement for The New Indian Express, a leading national daily in India. She has completed her post-graduation in Business Administration from the University of Rajasthan and her diploma in journalism from YMCA, Delhi. She has completed an e-course, Introduction to Food and Health, from Stanford University, US.

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