Neural Networks Show Activation From Exercises

Exercise plays a very important role in our everyday life. It is very crucial and important to be able to carry out daily exercises to maintain a healthy life. Exercise can save humans from many different diseases including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders.

However, a recent study conducted on the exercise conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Maryland has shown that exercise is really beneficial to the brain. According to the study, exercises might have a positive effect on neural networks where it works on activating them. The main area in the brain which was affected was the hippocampus which acts on the growth of cells and shows the effect of age on humans.

The study was led by an associate professor of kinesiology in the University of Maryland School of Public Health called Dr. J. Carson Smith who published his results in the  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. He commented on his results saying, “While it has been shown that regular exercise can increase the volume of the hippocampus, our study provides new information that acute exercise has the ability to impact this important brain region. Just like a muscle adapts to repeated use, single sessions of exercise may flex cognitive neural networks in ways that promote adaptations over time and lend to increased network integrity and function and allow more efficient access to memories.”

The team included the use of a sample of ages ranging from 55-85 who were put under the test. The participants went on a plan of exercises and their brain activities were measured. The test was conducted after a period of 30 minutes after conducting exercises. Results show a large number of activation for neural networks in the brain.