How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language

How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language

  • So for the new study, which was published recently in PLOS One, researchers in China and Italy decided to home in on language learning and the adult brain.
  • Specifically, the students would ride exercise bikes at a gentle pace (about 60 percent of their maximum aerobic capacity) beginning 20 minutes before the start of the lessons and continuing throughout the 15 minutes or so of instruction.
  • When the researchers asked the students to return to the lab for a final round of testing a month after the lessons — without practicing in the meantime — the cyclists remembered words and understood them in sentences more accurately than did the students who had not moved.
  • This study involved college students performing relatively light exercise, though, and cannot tell us whether other people completing other types of exercise would achieve the same results.
  • But many past studies have shown that exercise prompts the release of multiple neurochemicals in the brain that increase the number of new brain cells and the connections between neurons, Dr. Sulpizio says.

Working out during a language class amplifies an adult’s ability to memorize, retain and understand new vocabulary.
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Exercise: It does so much more than burn calories

#Exercise: It does so much more than burn calories - By @BethFratesMD  #HealthAndWellness

  • In a report recently published in Current Biology, researchers explored the relationship between exercise and “energy expenditure” (calories burned).
  • This study monitored the physical activity and corresponding total energy expenditure in 322 men and women in North America and Africa.
  • Physical activity did increase energy expenditure as expected, but only up to a point.
  • At lower levels of activity, increasing the counts per minute per day did increase energy expenditure.
  • These study results notwithstanding, whether you’ve yet to get in gear on your New Year’s exercise resolutions or you’re already an inveterate exerciser, it’s important to know that the benefits of regular physical activity go beyond burning calories.

A recent study suggests that a lot of exercise doesn’t always translate into a lot of extra calories burned.
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Exercise levels decline ‘long before adolescence’

Exercise levels decline 'long before adolescence'  ^BBC

  • Adolescence is thought to be the time when children go off exercise – but a study in The British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests it happens much earlier, around the age of seven.
  • Researchers from Glasgow and Newcastle tracked the physical activity levels of 400 children over eight years using small monitors worn for a week at a time.
  • Although the study cannot prove what causes the drop-off in physical activity, Prof John Reilly, study author from the University of Strathclyde, said “something is going wrong in British children” long before adolescence.
  • But he emphasised that activities outside school also had an important role to play because children only spent half of their year at school in total.
  • “It’s up to all of us to ensure children get their recommended one hour of physical activity a day.”

It all starts around the time children start school and spend more time sitting, a study suggests.
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Exercise levels decline ‘long before adolescence’

  • Adolescence is thought to be the time when children go off exercise – but a study in The British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests it happens much earlier, around the age of seven.
  • Researchers from Glasgow and Newcastle tracked the physical activity levels of 400 children over eight years using small monitors worn for a week at a time.
  • Although the study cannot prove what causes the drop-off in physical activity, Prof John Reilly, study author from the University of Strathclyde, said “something is going wrong in British children” long before adolescence.
  • But he emphasised that activities outside school also had an important role to play because children only spent half of their year at school in total.
  • “It’s up to all of us to ensure children get their recommended one hour of physical activity a day.”

It all starts around the time children start school and spend more time sitting, a study suggests.
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‘Unpopular’ steps needed to cut obesity

  • Almost two thirds (65%) of adults in Scotland were overweight in 2015, including 29% who were obese.
  • “All the above show there is no easy fix for tackling obesity in Scotland and a comprehensive long term, cross-portfolio approach will be required.”
  • The committee is currently considering if it could bring forward its own legislative proposals to tackle the problem.
  • In a letter to Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell, the committee said: “We support a bold approach to the new obesity strategy and would encourage you to include options that may initially be unpopular as this could result in an important step towards balancing out health inequalities in Scotland.”
  • The committee highlighted the “obesogenic environment in Scotland”, where unhealthy food is “more available and more heavily promoted than in other countries”.

Scotland may need to introduce unpopular policies as part of a bold approach to tackling the country’s obesity problem, according to MSPs.
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Exercise: It does so much more than burn calories

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  • Based on their findings, the study investigators encourage that we reconsider current public health messages that state more exercise equals more energy expended, as this is not always the case.

A recent study suggests that a lot of exercise doesn’t always translate into a lot of extra calories burned.
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Pokemon Go: Exercise impact ‘short-lived’

  • The study looked at 560 avid Pokemon Go players who had achieved “trainer level” of five or higher.
  • Pokemon Go: Exercise impact ‘short-lived’
  • Sure, hundreds of millions of players were wandering around, eyes glued to smartphones, putting their energies into “catching” imaginary creatures in the augmented reality game.
  • And Katherine Howe, co-author of the Harvard University research told The Guardian that despite the results of their study, there was still a “huge potential” for augmented reality games to be beneficial to health.
  • “Pokemon Go has been suggested to improve public health by promoting physical activity.

Research suggests playing Pokemon Go only had a short-term impact on players’ increased activity.
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