Exercise May Tone Up Women’s Bodies and Minds

Young women who regularly exercise may have more oxygen circulating in their brains — and possibly sharper minds, a small study suggests.

The findings, from a study of 52 healthy young women, don’t prove that exercise makes you smarter, researchers said.

On the other hand, it’s “reasonable” to conclude that exercise likely boosts mental prowess even when people are young and healthy, said Liana Machado, of the University of Otago in New Zealand, the lead researcher on the study.

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