So much research supports the idea that moving your body improves brain function. One study with mice showed that those forced to run on a treadmill learned an avoidance task better than those running on their own on wheels. In another study with humans, those who did cardiovascular exercise performed better on a memory test than those who did strength training exercise. It seems the important message, though, is to just plain move your body. Not only does it benefit your muscles, bones, heart, sense of well-being, etc., it can improve how your brain functions.
The School of Kinesiology's U-Move Fitness program offers U-M students lots of ways to be active. Registration for fall classes is now open. New classes this fall include Hula Hooping for Fitness, willPower & Grace, and Flamenco. There are also many types of cardio classes like spin and dance aerobics, yoga, and strength and conditioning classes such as kettlebell and super circuits.
Free classes will be offered September 4-9. The schedule will be available on our website soon!
About the Author
Sheila Calhoun, Assistant Director, U-Move Fitness
Published in: Health and Wellness