The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of aerobic fitness training on older adults' human cognition, brain structure, and brain function.
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Recent study findings have shown the positive effects of fitness training on human cognition, brain structure, and brain function. This study will test three hypotheses:
Participants will be randomized to either an aerobic exercise (intervention) group or to a stretching and toning (control) group. Aerobic exercise sessions will be conducted three times a week for 1 year, beginning at a light to moderate intensity level during the first 2 months and progressing to a moderate to high level for the remainder of the year. The control group will meet as often as the intervention group and will participate in an organized program of stretching, limbering, and toning for the whole body.
During this time, participants will exercise, keep a daily exercise log detailing distance walked, time spent in aerobic activity, degree of intensity (rating of perceived exertion), and general feelings during exercise, resting and exercise heart rates. Participants will participate in MRI/fMRI, physiological (cardiorespiratory), and psychosocial testing prior to beginning fitness training, after 6 months of training, and at the end of 1 year.
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Art Kramer, PhD
Beckman Institute, University of Illinois
Art Kramer, PhD