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Physical Fitness Is Linked Closely To Mental Fitness

May 2, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study that tested 75 college students on memory skills found that the old saw – a sound mind in a sound body – still holds true. The students were given long-term memory tests over two days. Researchers found that those who were more physically fit had better memories than those who weren’t. Fitness was tested by measuring the amount of oxygen consumed while running on a treadmill. According to the researchers, the findings attest to the adverse effects of the increasingly sedentary lifestyles of people in the U.S. and other Western cultures.
Matthew B. Pontifex et al., "Poorer aerobic fitness relates to reduced integrity of multiple memory systems. ", Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, May 02, 2014, © The Psychonomic Society
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