Exercise Aids Memory
Got a word stuck on the tip of your tongue? Exercise may jog your memory. Using stationary bikes, researchers ranked the aerobic fitness of 28 adults without diabetes, whose average age was about 70. Then they tested participants’ ability to recall the names of famous people, such as authors and actors, as well as identify words by their definition. (Example: A young goose? Answer: gosling.) The fittest participants scored the highest on the computerized test. The researchers can’t say that exercise caused the brain boost, but for each higher level of fitness, the chance of a memory lapse dropped by nearly 30 percent. To benefit your brain and body, get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as walking or biking, each week.
Source: Scientific Reports, April 30, 2018