Having a strong upper body and lower body is the key to be proportionate in size. Now, new research claims that squats can make you smarter too!

A new study from King’s College in London suggests that the stronger your legs are, the more in shape your brain is.

Leg strength is a marker of the kind of physical activity that is good for your brain.

The study, published in the Journal Gerontology, looked at the leg and brain health of more than 150 pairs of twin sisters. Researchers noted that the twin who had stronger legs at the beginning of the experiment also showed better cognition and less mental deterioration over a period of 10 years, BBC news reports.

Lead researcher Dr. Claire Steves said her team believes “leg strength is a marker of the kind of physical activity that is good for your brain.” But working on your legs isn’t the only way to boost your brain health.

In 2014, researchers at Harvard found that exercise in general proved to be good for brain health by reducing inflammation and promoting the growth of new blood cells.

If you didn’t have a reason to hit the pavement or the squat rack before, now you do!
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Story originally posted on Huffington Post

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