Diabetes Forecast

Short Exercise Breaks May Boost Memory

By Matt McMillen , , ,

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Remember this: A short, easy exercise break may boost your memory. Researchers recruited 36 healthy young adults to spend 10 minutes lightly pedaling a stationary bike before taking a challenging memory test. Later, the participants took a similar test after sitting motionless on the bike for 10 minutes. On average, they scored 5.5 percent higher after their bike rides, and brain scans showed improved communication between the hippocampal and cortical regions, areas of the brain associated with age-related memory loss. Find pockets of time in your day to take a leisurely walk, practice yoga, or do some tai chi moves. Such mild exercise may protect your brain.
Source: PNAS, Sept. 9, 2018



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