29 May '16, 12pm

How just a half-hour of running can improve your motor skills:

By now you’re probably getting a little bored of the steady stream of research showing that running (and exercise in general) makes you smarter , as well as faster. Fair enough. But a slightly different twist is that researchers at Johns Hopkins have just published some neat data in PLOS ONE showing that a half-hour run also boosts “motor skill acquisition.” What is motor learning? In this case, the task they tested is something called the Sequential Visual Isometric Pinch Task (SVIPT). You pinch a little force sensor between your thumb and index finger, and the harder you pinch, the farther you move a cursor across the screen of a computer. The task involves moving the cursor as quickly and accurately as possible to five different locations on the screen; performance was measured by looking at improvements in the relationship between speed and accuracy of four sets of 30 ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/sweat-science/how-a-half-hour...

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