Exercise might improve health by increasing gut bacterial diversity

Bacteria, often synonymous with infection and disease, may have an unfair reputation. Research indicates there are as many, if not more, bacterial cells in our bodies as human cells, meaning they play an important role in our physiology (1). In fact, a growing body of evidence shows that greater gut microbiota diversity (the number of different species and evenness of these species’ populations) is related to better health. Now, research published in Experimental Physiology has suggested that the efficiency with which we transport oxygen to our tissues (cardiorespiratory fitness) is a far greater predictor of gut microbiota diversity than either body fat percentage or general physical activity. Continue reading “Exercise might improve health by increasing gut bacterial diversity”

Exercise may improve thinking skills in people as young as 20

Regular aerobic exercise such as walking, cycling or climbing stairs may improve thinking skills not only in older people but in young people as well, according to a study published in the January 30, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study also found that the positive effect of exercise on thinking skills may increase as people age. Continue reading “Exercise may improve thinking skills in people as young as 20”

Obesity, risk of cognitive dysfunction? Consider high-intensity interval exercise

It’s fast-paced, takes less time to do, and burns a lot of calories. High-intensity interval exercise is widely recognized as the most time-efficient and effective way to exercise. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from Florida Atlantic University have discovered another important health benefit of these short bursts of intense exercise with rest intervals. It could also be an effective strategy to prevent and combat cognitive dysfunction in obese individuals. Continue reading “Obesity, risk of cognitive dysfunction? Consider high-intensity interval exercise”

The influences of exercise fulfillment on mental and physical functions of targeted older adults and the effect of a physical exercise intervention

Here we present the ‘Abstract‘ of the corresponding paper by Sakurai R, Fujiwara Y, Fukaya T, Saito K, Yasunaga M, Suzuki H, Nonaka K, Kim H, Kim MJ, Tanaka C, Nishikawa T, Uchida H, Shinkai S, Watanabe S. Continue reading “The influences of exercise fulfillment on mental and physical functions of targeted older adults and the effect of a physical exercise intervention”

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