Behaviour consistency is a sensitive tool for distinguishing the effects of aging on physical activity

Jia Yi Li, Terry B.J. Kuo*, Cheryl C.H. Yang


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We attempted to establish a novel parameter of behaviour consistency to help determine the effect of age on physical activity. Using the speed of movement to quantify behaviour might not be sufficient to determine this effect. The slowing of motor activities that occurs with aging is related to the decline of the aging brain. Previous studies have found different running-related hippocampal theta rhythm responses in the aging and exercise model. Therefore, we hypothesized that a familiarity with the environment and physical strength affect behavioural consistency in rats during running exercises. For this study, we used a treadmill and 30-minute running test at constant speeds and compared changes in the triaxial accelerometer and hippocampal theta rhythm between adult and middle-aged rats. No significant differences in RR intervals, mean cross-correlations (MCCs), or the proportion of good correlation coefficient (PGCC) were observed between adult and middle-aged rats in awake states before running on the treadmill. The root mean square (RMS) of the triaxial acceleration vectors in middle-aged rats was higher than that in adult rats. In the treadmill running tests, the RMS observed in middle-aged rats was significantly lower than that observed in adult rats. MCC and PGCC, which indicate movement consistencies, were significantly higher in middle-aged rats than they were in adult rats during the entire running test. However, only the RMS of the adult rats showed a negative correlation with exercise duration. Both MCC and PGCC were positively correlated with exercise duration. By contrast, a similar phenomenon was not found in the changes or differences in hippocampal theta rhythms between these two groups. Therefore, we consider that the MCC and PGCC could distinguish age-related movement differences and indicate coordination/adaptation during exercise. Changes in physical activity and alterations in the hippocampal theta rhythm were not different between the groups.

期刊Behavioural Brain Research
出版狀態Published - 1 7月 2020


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