NEWS RELEASE: Can A Single Exercise Session Benefit Your Brain?

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Julia C. Basso (Forever Fit Science contributor) and Wendy A. Suzuki

Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York, NY, USA

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Abstract. A significant body of work has investigated the effects of acute exercise, defined as a single bout of physical activity, on mood and cognitive functions in humans. Several excellent recent reviews have summarized these findings; however, the neurobiological basis of these results has received less attention. In this review, we will first briefly summarize the cognitive and behavioral changes that occur with acute exercise in humans. We will then review the results from both human and animal model studies documenting the wide range of neurophysiological and neurochemical alterations that occur after a single bout of exercise.

Finally, we will discuss the strengths, weaknesses, and missing elements in the current literature, as well as offer an acute exercise standardization protocol and provide possible goals for future research.

The chart below shows the type and duration of exercise and how it affects the brain.  Read the research here.

Benefits of exercise on the brain

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