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Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain: Running, Lifting or Interval?

Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain running or lifting

Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain: Running, Lifting or Interval?

Great piece in the New York Times by Gretchen Reynolds about a study done on rats about which is best for our brain: Running, weight lifting or interval training.

To quote:

Some of the animals were given running wheels in their cages, allowing them to run at will. Most jogged moderately every day for several miles, although individual mileage varied.

Others began resistance training, which for rats involves climbing a wall with tiny weights attached to their tails.

Still others took up the rodent equivalent of high-intensity interval training. For this regimen, the animals were placed on little treadmills and required to sprint at a very rapid and strenuous pace for three minutes, followed by two minutes of slow skittering, with the entire sequence repeated twice more, for a total of 15 minutes of running.

Go read her blog post for the results.

Does this make you want to change your workout routine?

 

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