Firmer, Fitter frame linked to firmer, fitter brain — ScienceDaily

ScienceDaily.com Date:  August 15, 2017 Source:  National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Summary:  To determine why more aerobically fit individuals have better memories, scientists used magnetic resonance elastography (MRE), which measures the elasticity of organs, and found that fit individuals had a firmer, more elastic hippocampus—a region of the brain associated with memory. Scientists […]

Regular exercise at any age might stave off Alzheimer’s: Fitness level correlates with increased blood flow to essential areas of brain — ScienceDaily

Recent research suggests that exercise might provide some measure of protection from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. A group of researchers led by Nathan Johnson PT, DPT, PhD of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, was able to demonstrate a positive correlation between fitness and blood flow to areas of the brain where […]

Couch potatoes may have smaller brains later in life

Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a study published in the February 10, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Types of athletic training affect how brain communicates with muscles

Date:  September 18, 2015 Source:  University of Kansas via ScienceDaily.com Summary:  The brains of endurance trainers communicate with muscles differently than those of strength trainers or sedentary individuals, new research shows. While it is not immediately clear why the communication between the brain and muscle was different as a result of different types of exercise, […]

Types of athletic training affect how brain communicates with muscles — ScienceDaily

The brains of endurance trainers communicate with muscles differently than those of strength trainers or sedentary individuals, new research shows. While it is not immediately clear why the communication between the brain and muscle was different as a result of different types of exercise, one researcher said it offers leads for new means of research […]

Older adults can improve their focus, attention by raising their fitness level, new research shows

ScienceDaily.com New research conducted at the University of Kansas Medical Center indicates that older adults can improve brain function by raising their fitness level. Jeffrey Burns, M.D., professor of neurology and co-director of the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, led a six-month trial conducted with healthy adults ages 65 and older who showed no signs of […]

Healthy eating, exercise, and brain-training program results in slower mental decline for older people

 via ScienceDaily.com Date:  March 11, 2015 Source:  The Lancet A comprehensive program providing older people at risk of dementia with healthy eating guidance, exercise, brain training, and management of metabolic and vascular risk factors appears to slow down cognitive decline, according to the first ever randomised controlled trial of its kind, published in The Lancet. […]

Could our brain instruct our bodies to burn more fat?

ScienceDaily Date: January 15, 2015 Source:  Monash University Summary: By uncovering the action of two naturally occurring hormones, scientists may have discovered a way to assist in the shedding of excess fat. Fat in adult humans is typically stored in adipocytes, specialized cells that comprise white fat. But around the neck and shoulders, there is […]

Eating Breakfast Increases Brain Chemical Involved in Regulating Food Intake and Cravings, MU Researchers Find

Breakfast-skippers have lower dopamine levels, which can lead to overeating and eventual weight gain Story posted: Oct. 15, 2014 By: Sarah Clinton COLUMBIA, Mo. – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many teens skip breakfast, which increases their likelihood of overeating and eventual weight gain. Statistics show that the number of […]

Lift weights, improve your memory, study shows

Date: October 1, 2014 Source: Georgia Institute of Technology Summary: Here’s another reason why it’s a good idea to hit the gym: it can improve memory. A new study shows that an intense workout of as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic memory, also known as long-term memory for previous events, by about 10 […]