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If you are running out of Ideas for your New Year’s Resolution, Try Running!

The runners, overall, showed greater functional connectivity or connections between distinct brain regions

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Two people running. Pixabay

New York, December 15, 2016: If you are running out of ideas for your New Year’s resolution, consider running. Researchers have found that runners show greater functional connectivity in brain regions important for tasks such as planning and decision-making.

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“These activities (such as running) that people consider repetitive actually involve many complex cognitive functions — like planning and decision-making — that may have effects on the brain,” said one of the researchers David Raichlen, Associate Professor at University of Arizona, at Tucson in the United States.

For the study, the researchers compared brain scans of young adults engaged in cross-country running to young adults who do not engage in regular physical activity.

Participants were roughly the same age — 18 to 25 — with comparable body mass index and educational levels.

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The runners, overall, showed greater functional connectivity — or connections between distinct brain regions — within several areas of the brain, including the frontal cortex, which is important for cognitive functions such as planning, decision-making and the ability to switch attention between tasks.

The findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, suggest that running may affect the structure and function of the brain in ways similar to complex tasks like playing a musical instrument.

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Since functional connectivity often appears to be altered in ageing adults, and particularly in those with Alzheimer’s or other neurodegenerative diseases, it is an important measure to consider, Gene Alexander, Professor at University of Arizona, noted. (IANS)

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Do These Exercises for Instant Weight Loss Even if You Have Obesity Genes

Surprisingly, cycling, stretching exercises, and swimming did not counteract the genetic effects on obesity

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Regular jogging was found to be the best type of exercise. Pixabay

Some people have inherited obesity genes which increases their risk of becoming fat. But, in a hope for such people, researchers have identified certain exercises that are effective in combating genetic effects that contribute to obesity.

Regular jogging was found to be the best type of exercise for managing obesity. Besides, mountain climbing, walking, power walking, certain types of dancing and yoga practices also reduce the Body Mass Index (BMI) in individuals predisposed to obesity. Surprisingly, cycling, stretching exercises, and swimming did not counteract the genetic effects on obesity.

Obesity is a challenging condition to control because it results from interactions between a person’s genetics and lifestyle. Doctors often recommend exercise, but it has not been clear which kinds are best for curbing weight gain in individuals whose genetics increase their risk of becoming obese.

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The researchers said that when it comes to obesity, genetics are not destiny, and the effects can be lessened by several kinds of regular exercises. Pixabay

In the study published in the journal PLOS Genetics, researchers from the National Taiwan University analysed 18,424 Han Chinese adults, aged 30 to 70. The interactions between the individuals’ genetics and their self-reported exercise routines were examined.

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The researchers looked specifically at five measures of obesity, including BMI, body fat percentage and waist-to-hip ratio. They also considered other measures of obesity that are closely linked to metabolic problems. The researchers said that when it comes to obesity, genetics are not destiny, and the effects can be lessened by several kinds of regular exercises. (IANS)