Improve your memory with exercise!
“A life without memories is not much of a life.” It is well known that as you age your memory is going to go with it, at least to some extent. Some accept it and others try their best to stave it off. If you are like the others, then you might find the link between exercise and memory quite interesting.
An interesting study was published in the Archives of Neurology in 2010. This study looked at individuals who had mild memory issues and made one group do aerobic exercise 45 to 60 minutes a day for 4 days a week. The other group were simply told to stretch or perform non-aerobic exercise. This was conducted over 6 months. The results were interesting.
In the stretching group, their memory declined, which showed the stretching did not help. However, in the aerobic exercise group, their memory improved. Furthermore, MRIs of the brains showed the hippocampus (memory centre) sized started getting bigger in the aerobic group.
How does aerobic exercise reverse memory loss?
The mechanism behind the reversal is thought to be improved brain blood flow, through improved heart output and widening/clearance of the blood vessels in the brain, which helps nourish brain tissue.
Therefore, it is not exercise that improves memory loss but aerobic exercise that improves memory loss drastically.