Given that most doctors and laypeople know (or should know) the benefits of exercise and its impact on healthy bodies, the authors of a new study, appearing in this week's online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are hoping the findings can influence public policy.
Doctors "have known the principal idea for 3,000 years: A healthy mind lives in an healthy body," said study senior author H. Georg Kuhn, professor for regenerative neuroscience at the Center for Brain Repair and Rehabilitation, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg in Sweden. "We are aiming at politicians and educators who decide on academic curricula and budgets and how sport fits into the picture of academic success."
The study also found that genetics played a lesser role in explaining the mind-body link than did environment.
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