Exercise can benefit your unborn child too

After the mice had been living in these fun-house homes for 10 weeks, scientists looked inside some of their brains and found that, as expected, they had developed stronger neuronal connections than were seen in the brains of the mice that had remained sedentary. The active mice also performed better on cognitive tests.

More interesting, when some of these active male mice mated with females that had not run, their pups were born with brains that, from the start, showed stronger neuronal connections in the hippocampus than did the brains of the babies born to sedentary fathers.These animals also learned a bit faster and remembered a bit better than the mice with parents that had been inactive, even though none of the young animals ran.

Source: Do Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies? – The New York Times

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