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Aerobics Make You Smarter

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VO2 Max may sound like a new series on the SyFy Channel, but it stands for maximum rate of oxygen consumption during exercise. It is a measure of aerobic fitness.

As an 18-year-old in Lillehammer, Norway, cyclist Oskar Svendsen, is said to have measured 97.5 — one of the highest VO2 Max scores ever recorded. By comparison U.S. Olympic marathoner Joan Benoit only hit 78.6.

But if a new lab study from University of Michigan and the Academy of Finland is right, these folks are more than super athletes, they're super smart too.

Sustained aerobic exercise, as opposed to short bursts of intense aerobics or resistance training, stimulates growth of new neurons in the brain. And that means there's more ability to learn and navigate spatially complex environments.

So if you want more energy and more brain power, here's how to get started.

1. Exercise choices. Basic aerobic activities include swimming, cycling, and walking. Up the intensity by hitting 70 to 85 percent of your maximum age-adjusted heart rate during 48 minutes of aerobics three times a week, and do 240 jump-rope jumps daily.

2. Exercise frequency. It's OK to do basic aerobics daily, unless you have reoccurring joint pain (or are training for an endurance event). Then work with a physical therapist to develop routines that are less inflammatory.

3. Exercise intensity. To begin, do aerobic activity at a level that allows you to carry on a conversation. This "talk test" helps you determine if a particular activity is too strenuous for you.
 

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