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A group of ten prominent brain imaging researchers at University of Oxford’s Department of Clinical Neurosciences wanted to see how aerobic exercise affects the brain.  Their study revealed some surprising facts about how exercise affects the brain. This study was conducted by an impressive team of researchers who specialize in brain imaging and their work was published in the journal NeuroImage.

The researchers scanned the brains of 62 middle aged adults before and after a six week aerobic exercise program and were surprised that no evidence of vascular changes were found.  Instead, the researchers found an increase in hippocampal volume. The hippocampus is the part of your brain where new memories are formed, learning takes place and emotions are stored.   This study also found that the expansion of the hippocampus does not seem to be governed by age, rather, it can happen at any age with regular aerobic exercise.

The researchers were also surprised to learn that brain growth is temporary and reverses if the exercise program is stopped.

Equally interesting, the expansion of the hippocampus happens much faster than previously thought, in this study, significant growth was documented after only six weeks.\\

So if you want to expand that part of your brain where learning takes place, get up and move….and if you want to move at work consider an UnSit WALK-1 Treadmill Desk.