HIIT effects on cognition

Recent studies have revealed that high-intensity interval exercise significantly enhances brain health and cognitive functions compared to moderate-intensity continuous exercise (Buzdagli Y et.al., 2024).

Research involving elite male boxers has shown that high intensity interval exercise increased levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which supports brain cell survival and growth.

Additionally, high intensity interval exercise boosted cognitive performance, such as reaction times and accuracy on cognitive tests like the Stroop test, more effectively than moderate intensity exercise.

Given these findings, HIIE is particularly recommended for athletes in disciplines where quick thinking and decision-making are crucial.

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Reference: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38326816/

Buzdagli Y, Ozan M, Baygutalp N, Oget F, Karayigit R, Yuce N, Kan E, Baygutalp F, Ucar H, Buzdağlı Y. The effect of high-intensity intermittent and moderate-intensity continuous exercises on neurobiological markers and cognitive performance. BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil. 2024 Feb 7;16(1):39.

  • Category: News
  • Author: Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  • Published: 2024-05-17
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