Researchers have foundfurther benefits from exercise, aside from weight control, weight loss, andoverall wellness. Findings from a recentstudy done at the Boston University School of Medicine have shown that certainhormones may help improve memory and cognition, and those hormones areincreased and released during physical activity.
Researchers solicitedyoung adults in good health and measured blood hormone levels along withcognitive and memory performance on a series of tests. They also took into account the participantsphysical activity levels, and found those who were physically active on aregular basis had improved recall and cognitive memory function.
The hormones in playwere all shown to impact the hippocampal region of the brain, some of themstimulating communication between synaptic brain cells and others encouragingthe growth of neurons and blood vessels in the same area. The hippocampus is the region of the brainprimarily responsible for learning and memory function.
While the results ofthe study showed that those who were already active benefited, over the courseof several months those who began engaging in activity showed improvement inthe cognitive and memory recall tests over those who remained sedentary. This shows that no matter what age a personis, memory and cognitive function can be improved by beginning an exerciseprogram.
Researchers alsoadvised they would be continuing a study similar in these lines to see how muchbenefit can be provided to geriatric and young adults, and if there were anytypes of exercises that showed more improvement over others. They also stated they would be adding brainimaging to the study to fully prove the improvement with graphs andbefore-and-after pictures of the results.
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