Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

'No Pain, No Gain' Approach Boosts Brain

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

'No Pain, No Gain' Approach Boosts Brain

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Dear Doctor K: Do researchers understand exactly how exercise helps the brain?

Dear Reader: I understand why that's puzzling. It's easier to see how regular moderate exercise could protect against heart disease, for example. The heart is a muscle, and exercise makes the heart exercise.

But the brain? We don't think of exercise as requiring a lot of brainpower. In fact, some people like exercise because it's a time when they can turn off their brain.

First, what's the evidence that regular exercise does protect the brain? There are many studies. As an example, a study published in February 2016 in the journal Neurology links better cardiovascular fitness to improved thinking skills in older adults. …

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