Treadmill Workout Boosts Brainpower (In Monkeys)
OK, the runners were monkeys, not people, but why quibble about a few strands of DNA when the results are so impressive? Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences trained female monkeys to run on a treadmill at 80 percent of their maximal aerobic capacity for one hour each day, five days per week, for five months. Another group of monkeys remained sedentary. A university news release reports that when, after five weeks, the researchers tested the learning ability of the animals, they found that those who had been exercising learned simple tasks twice a quickly as their sedentary colleagues. Wait, there’s more: the treadmill running monkeys were more engaged in the tasks and made more attempts to get the rewards. The bad news? They also made more mistakes. Read more from the University of Pittsburgh.