Ever wonder that how healthy our brains are and what are the elements that can add up to the healthier brain? Well, here is your answer. According to a research, the stronger you are, the healthier your brain is. The study was conducted at the NICM Health Research Institute and Western Sydney University by the researcher Joseph Firth and it turns out that muscular strength is an indication of how healthy our brain is.

The study was measured by handgrip and the researcher used the data from the 475,397 participants from all around the UK. The research showed that on average stronger people performed better across every test of brain functioning used. The tests included were reaction speed, logical problem solving, and various multiple tests of memory. All the tests showed the relationships were consistently strong in both people aged under 55 and those aged over 55.

The research also showed that maximal handgrip was strongly related to both visual memory and reaction time in over one thousand people with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

Researcher Joseph Firth commented on the study and said, “When taking multiple factors into accounts such as age, gender, body weight and education, our study confirms that people who are stronger do indeed tend to have better functioning brains.”

“We can see there is a clear connection between muscular strength and brain health. But really, what we need now, are more studies to test if we can actually make our brains healthier by doing things which make our muscles stronger such as weight training. The study raises the strong possibility that weight training exercises could actually improve both the physical and mental functioning of people with these conditions” he added.

The study was published in Schizophrenia Bulletin.

Next time, do keep in mind that the stronger you are, the healthier your brain is.