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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2014 September;173(9):447-56

Copyright © 2014 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Effects of morning exercise on blood BDNF level and its associated factors in elementary school students

Jung D. K. 1, Lee J. 1, 2, Kim S. Y. 3, Kang B. Y. 3

1 Department of Leisure and Sports, Sahmyook University, Seoul, Korea; 2 Fitness and Medicine Research Institute, Sahmyook University, Seoul, Korea; 3 Health Promotion and Education Center, Sahmyook Health University College, Seoul, Korea


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AIM: The purpose of this study was to clarify the effects of morning exercise on blood BDNF level and its associated factors in elementary school students.
METHODS: A total of 87 children (39 males and 48 females) were recruited for this study, and divided into the morning exercise group and the control group. Children in the morning exercise group performed the combined exercise, including elastic band exercise and aerobic activities, three times per week, for a period of 12 weeks. Measurements of body composition, physical fitness factors, and blood parameters were performed twice before and after the morning exercise program.
RESULTS: The results of this study indicated that the blood BDNF and IGF-1 levels were significantly increased after performing the morning exercise program in the morning exercise group compared with the control group (P<0.05).
CONCLUSION: In summary, it is likely that the morning exercise program has a positive effects on mental health by increasing blood BDNF level.

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