Adhering to a physically active lifestyle is associated with higher global and cognitive health perceptions, especially in individuals with a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a new article published by BBHI investigators in Frontiers in Neuroscience magazine.
“A majority of individuals are insufficiently active and therefore it is critical to develop strategies to increase adherence to and participation in a physically active lifestyle in both those with and without a history of TBI,” said Tim Morris, main author of the article and BBHI investigator.
Physical activity has many health benefits for individuals with and without history of brain injury. The investigators evaluated the impact of physical activity on global and cognitive health as measured by the PROMIS global health and NeuroQoL cognitive function questionnaires in the BBHI cohort.
Physical activity is associated with a 20%–30% lower risk in all-cause mortality and incidence of multiple chronic conditions. Numerous governing bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO), American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine have focused much attention on the beneficial effects of a physically active lifestyle. The effects span multiple bodily systems from cardiovascular benefits to mental health and cognitive function.
The effects of physical activity on cognitive function has received particular attention in recent decades across distinct age groups. Physical activity represents a modifiable lifestyle factor capable of improving global and cognitive health across the lifespan. However, engaging in a physically active lifestyle is non-trivial. According to the WHO, globally, one in four adults are classified as insufficiently active, which is estimated to contribute to 9% of all premature deaths worldwide (or 5.3 million).
Link to the artice in Frontieres in Neurscience: