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How exercise leads to sharper thinking and a healthier brain

By Gretchen Reynolds

05 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The answer to building a better brain? Exercise. This is the key finding of two studies which looked at how exercise can alter our minds - analyzing the data of 350,000 people. The Post reports.

To build a better brain, just exercise.

That's the message of two important new studies of how physical activity changes our minds. In one, scientists delved into the lives, DNA and cognition of thousands of people to show that regular exercise leads to much sharper thinking.

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