Exercise obviously controls our physical activity while we exercise, but according to a new study, it may tell us when to move and rest — even when we're not exercising.
Frank A.J.L. Scheer and his team gave young and old mice running wheels, then monitored their activity for a month.
The mice, regardless of age, soon developed a pattern of exercise, with distinct ups and downs. When the wheels were removed, the mice almost immediately reverted to aimless activity.
But when the researchers returned the wheels to the cages, the mice immediately went back to their structured, healthy patterns of movement.
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