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July 5 2014

Want to improve your cognitive function? Try some whole body vibration!


Have you ever seen those old movies of people using body vibration machines for “exercise” (see photo)? Well, apparently the principle behind those machines isn’t total BS. Although whole body vibration (WBV) might not make you lose weight or get in better shape, it can actually provide some of the same brain-stimulating benefits as exercise. More specifically, as shown by this study, WBV can improve one’s attention and inhibition (the ability to tune out irrelevant stimuli). The authors hypothesize that WBV improves these aspects of cognitive function by producing similar physiological responses as exercise, including increased oxygen uptake and heart rate. I’ll shake on that!.

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