Are Some Forms of Exercise Better for Brain Health?
Research released this month found that aerobic exercise was most beneficial for the brain health of the rats studied. Although they haven’t tested this on humans yet, the difference in the brains of the rats that exercised, in the form of running wheels or treadmills, has been found to double or even triple the number of new neurons that appear afterward in the animals’ hippocampus, compared to the brains of animals that remain sedentary. The “jogging and running” rats brain health was also considerably improved over the high-intensity and interval training rats. Scientists believe that exercise has similar impacts on the human hippocampus.
For more information on this research published in The Journal of Physiology visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1113/JP271552/abstract, or read Gretchen Reynolds article titled, “Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?” published in the New York Times: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/which-type-of-exercise-is-best-for-the-brain/