Why Does Exercise Improve Overall Health?

Research Center: Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Location: 6400 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Lead Doctor: Dr. Eric Ravussin
IRB Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by John Hopkins Institutional Review Board


We know exercise can contribute to good health. However do we know exactly why it can improve our health? Until this point, there has not been a clear understanding of what actually is happening deep within the body, or how the molecular structure of the body changes to improve and preserve health. 

Having a better understanding of how the body changes with physical activity will help researchers and clinicians to better prescribe and tailor exercise programming in the future.

The purpose of this study is to learn about how exercise benefits health. We know that being physically active is good for our health, but we don’t completely understand how it changes the cells in our bodies. Understanding the cellular benefits of exercise could help scientists develop new treatments and improve health care advice in the future. 

This study seeks healthy adults 40 years of age who regularly do weightlifting or cycling or who train at a competitive level. Participants are required to attend up to 10 study visits at the research site over a 2 month period. 

Why Participate? 

  • You will be compensated up to $800 for participating in this study.
  • You will be helping researchers to understand how to reduce disease risk with exercise.
  • You will be contributing to helping health care providers to prescribe exercise plans designed for individual patients and clients.
  • You will be helping to advance medical research.

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by law.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Adults 18 years of age or older
  • Have been cycling or weight lifting regularly (minimum one year)
  • Do not have diabetes or heart disease 
  • Able to attend up to 10 study visits over a 2 month period

What’s Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and answer some eligibility questions.
  2. The research centre will then contact you by phone to discuss the trial and answer your questions.
Click Here to Check Your Eligibility

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