Strong Legs Keep Your Brain Healthy

Posted: Nov 10 2015, 4:41am CST | by , Updated: Nov 10 2015, 10:39pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

Strong Legs Keep Your Brain Healthy
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  • Those who have Strong Legs have a Sound Brain too.

It has been found that those who have well-built legs have a sound brain too. The two factors seem to be directly related to each other.

Scientists have found in a new study that muscular fitness especially in the legs is directly correlated to fitness of the mind. The brain ages well if you have strong muscular legs. Among the activities that are recommended are long rambling walks. The leg power this contributes towards leads to a fit and fine brain that lasts a lifetime. The effects on cognition were definitely salubrious.

King’s College London researchers conducted this new study. The findings were published in the journal Gerontology.

324 female twins were studied over the course of a decade. Among the markers that were noticed to improve were thinking, learning ability and memory. It was found that those who improved their leg power during the ten odd years ended up having a fitter brain in the final analysis.

Of the twins, those who took care of their leg health wound up having a brain that aged less and remained cognitively healthy and fit. Physical activity causes certain hormones to be released which in turn cause the nerve endings in the brain to undergo re-growth.

This is the first time that such a link between two seemingly unrelated phenomena has been found. Since the legs contain the maximum number of muscle fibers in the human body they especially count in their effects on the health of the human mind and personality. Via simply standing or walking people could vastly improve their brain’s status.

An ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure. Everybody is interested in knowing how to keep their brain in a state of fresh focused awareness. To let it fall into disrepair would be inimical to aging individuals. Identical twins were studied in the research which was carried out.

Dr Claire Steves, lead author and Senior Lecturer in Twin Research at King's College London and King's College Hospital said, "Everyone wants to know how best to keep their brain fit as they age. Identical twins are a useful comparison, as they share many factors, such as genetics and early life, which we can't change in adulthood."

"It's compelling to see such differences in cognition and brain structure in identical twins, who had different leg power ten years before. It suggests that simple lifestyle changes to boost our physical activity may help to keep us both mentally and physically healthy."

There are factors which lie outside of our control. Such indicators include genes and early milieu. Other things such as lifestyle and activity as well as diet lie in our own hands. We can manipulate them in order to benefit fully and remain forever young.

The simplest of lifestyle changes such as going for a 30 minute walk 3-4 times per week can make a hell of a lot of difference over the years. Who wouldn’t want to live well into their golden years and enjoy the benefits of longevity alongside glowing health.

Well, the goal is achievable and you don’t have to walk those exhausting 10,000 steps daily. Instead you can just go out for a stroll around the block. That too has immense health benefits for the individual.

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