Enhance Memory with Brief Exercise

Having trouble remembering remembering things? A short burst of exercise may help.

Researchers from UC Irvine’s Center for Neurobiology of Learning & Memory say riding a stationary bike for six minutes improved the memories of healthy older adults and those with mild cognitive impairment. The adults, who ranged in age from 50 to 85, worked out at 70 percent of their “maximum capacity.”

“We found that a single, short instance of moderately intense exercise particularly improved memory in individuals with memory deficits,” said UCI researcher Sabrina Segal. “Because of its implications and the need to better understand the mechanism by which exercise may enhance memory, we’re following up this study with an investigation of potential underlying biological factors.”

The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Source: University of California, Irvine, news release

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