However, the study does not prove that friends and green spaces were the cause of people’s good mood during physical activity. It could be that people go certain places, and spend time with certain people, when they’re already feeling happy, Dunton said. The researchers also noted they did not ask people about the purpose of their activities. When participants said they were physically active, they could have been doing anything from housework to biking to work to walking in the park with family.
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Exercise Found to Boost Memory in MS Patients
In a new report published in the journal Neurocase: The Neural Basis of Cognition, Kessler Foundation researchers found MS patients with memory problems common among people with the condition who engaged in aerobic cycling) exercise for 30 minute exercise sessions three times per week had a 16.5 percent increase in brain volume and function, and a 53.7 percent increase in memory, after just three months. “These findings clearly warrant large-scale clinical trials of aerobic exercise for the treatment of memory deficits in the MS population,” said James Sumowski, who helped lead the study. He said the findings are the first direct evidence for beneficial effects of aerobic exercise on brain and memory in individuals with MS, about half of whom experience memory problems. “Aerobic exercise may be the first effective treatment for MS patients with memory problems,” added Victoria Leavitt. “Moreover, aerobic exercise has the advantages of being readily available, low cost, self-administered, and lacking in side effects.” 2013 NewsmaxHealth. All rights reserved.
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