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Treadmill exercise found to offer cognitive benefits


A new study suggests that treadmill exercising offers cognitive benefits to patients with MS. By comparison to exercise methods, quiet rest offered no benefit.

Researchers, led by Brian M. Sandroffa of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, wanted to know if exercise training helped MS patients manage cognitive impairment. They compared the effects of treadmill walking, stationary bicycling, and guided yoga with those of quiet rest on executive control in 24 individuals with relapsing-remitting MS without impaired cognitive processing speed.

What they discovered is that treadmill walking offered the greatest benefit on improving reaction time and dealing with distracting information. It proved to be more effective that stationary bicycling and guided yoga, which only offered reaction time benefits. Quiet rest showed no benefit.

The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

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