Journal of Ergonomics

Journal of Ergonomics
Open Access

ISSN: 2165-7556


Wearing Ergonomically Designed Core Stability Shorts Improves Cognitive Control and Affect Following Acute Aerobic Exercise

Seongryu Bae, Keita Kamijo and Hiroaki Masaki

This study examined whether wearing a pair of core-supporting gym shorts influenced cognitive control and mood state follows aerobic exercise in young adults. Cognitive performance and the event related P3 potential were measured. Twenty-four adults were assigned to either the core-supporting shorts group or the normal shorts group. Participants completed 30 minutes of an acute treadmill exercise involving walking and/or running at an intensity of 70% HRmax. They next performed a modified Sternberg memory task, in which participants encoded a letter array and determine if a probe letter had been presented in the preceding set of memory items. Results indicated that the core-supporting shorts group exhibited greater response accuracy and larger P3 amplitudes as compared to the normal shorts group. In addition, the core-supporting shorts group reported more pleasantness and relaxation than the normal shorts group. These results suggest that wearing the core-supporting shorts improves the cognitive control associated with working memory and induces a positive effect as well.