Exercise May Boost Your Memory
In a study, 26 healthy older adults either rested or pedaled an exercise bike for 30 minutes. Then, while an MRI scanned their brains, they watched a series of names scroll by on a screen and tapped one key when they recognized a famous name, such as Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, and another key for names that weren’t familiar to them. Brain regions tied to memory buzzed with much greater activity after exercise than after rest. Over time, the researchers theorize, regular workouts may strengthen the brain’s memory centers. Keep up with your exercise program—or start one—and you could build brain power as well as brawn.
Source: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, April 25, 2019