Keep Moving to Stay Sharp

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April 30, 2010

A healthy body results in a healthy mind. In the European Journal of Applied Physiology (2004), researchers reported on a study that looked at the effect of fitness training on the physical condition and cognitive abilities of 37 male sailors in the Norwegian navy.

All sailors were in similar physical and mental shape after an initial 8-week fitness program. Half the group then stopped exercising for four weeks, while the other half continued the program.

After the four-week period, the men who stopped the training program had lower aerobic fitness lower heart rate variability, and lower scores on tests of executive function than the men who had continued exercising. This suggests there may be a connection between physical activity and mental acuity.

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