Published On: Thu, Feb 18th, 2016

How exercise can be beneficial for brain



A recent research study has revealed that physical activity has a great impact on brain function and size and certain types of exercise also help in the creation of new brain cells.

For the research study, researchers inserted adult male rats with a matter that marks new brain cells and teamed them into diverse exercises, with one group as inactive to serve as controls. A few of the rats were provided with running wheels in their cages, permitting them to run at will. It was observed that most run fairly each day for a number of miles; though, individual mileage diverse.

Several were located on confrontation working out, which in this case, includes rats climbing a wall with little weights fastened to their tails.

Those teamed for high-intensity gap working out were positioned on slight treadmills and needed to run at a very fast and arduous speed for three minutes, pursued by two minutes of sluggish skittering, with the whole series replicates two times more, for a total of 15 minutes of running.

Later than ongoing this routine for seven weeks, researchers of the study tested brain tissue from the hippocampus (the centre of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system) of every animal. Amusingly, the findings illustrated many diverse levels of brain cell creation, depending on how every rat had worked out.

Here are the results:


The rats that jogged were given the best results, with vigorous neurogenesis (growth and development of nervous tissue) levels. More distance can make the newest cells which their brain possessed.

High-intensity interval training:

Very less new neurons were traced in the brains of animals that had accomplished this exercise.

Weight training:

The rats that did this training were much stronger at the end of the trial than they had been at the beginning.

Miriam Nokia, who is the lead researcher, cited that “sustained aerobic exercise might be most beneficial for brain health also in humans.”

Particular exercises are, actually, very helpful for the human brain than the others.


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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