Building Brain With Brawn

Building Brain With Brawn Regular exercise builds up the number of energy-generating mitochondria in your muscle cells. It's theorized that this process plays a key role in building strength and endurance. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology suggests that workouts also increase the number of brain mitochondria.

Researchers had lab mice run a treadmill an hour a day six days a week. This exercise increased their time to fatigue from 74 to about 126 minutes after just 8 weeks on the program. Compared to mice that didn't get any exercise, treadmill running rodents also showed several markers of mitochondria increases in their brains.

True Strength Moment: In addition to contributing to enhanced mood and alertness, scientists theorized that this increase in mitochondria could also make the brain more resistant to physical and mental fatigue. This quality has the capacity to enhance your performance pretty much anywhere at school, in the office or weight room, even on the gridiron.
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