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Leg Muscles Influence Brain

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The researchers in this study wanted to look at the role the leg muscles play in health. Researchers noticed that disease or chronic condition patients that had no use of their legs, often had lower health markers across the board. The study was looking at the response of the body when inactive of the legs sets in.

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“Our study supports the notion that people who are unable to do load-bearing exercises — such as patients who are bed-ridden, or even astronauts on extended travel — not only lose muscle mass, but their body chemistry is altered at the cellular level and even their nervous system is adversely impacted,” says Dr. Raffaella Adami from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.

When we use our legs to walk, run, bike, jump, etc we’re using the muscles to move the skeleton (resistance) and our brain is informed. The brain receives signals from the leg muscles that help produce healthy neural cells, essential both for brain and nervous systems. When the leg muscle’s do not get worked, the brain begins cutting back the development of new nerve cells. This is a real case of use it or lose it, but it effects more than just your pant size.

Read more about how “Leg Exercise Is Critical To Brain” from ScienceDaily.