New Studies Find Strong Link Between Exercise And Improved Memory

It’s no secret that exercise bolsters our mental and physical wellbeing. Working out on the regular has been scientifically proven to assist with weight loss, reduce the risk of chronic disease, increase energy levels, reduce stress and make you feel all-round happier.

But what if we could harness the power of exercise to improve even the most puzzling parts of the human condition?

A recent study from researchers at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah has found an interesting link between exercise and improved learning and memory.

Stress and hardship weaken the brain’s ability to learn and retain information. But this study suggests that regular exercise can actually counteract these effects by improving communication between brain cells.

In order for a memory to stay intact or be remembered, brain cells must be able to connect with one another. This connection between neurons, known as synapses, are made up of electrical and chemical signals that move from cell to cell.

These signals can be strong, or weak – the stronger the signals, the better and permanent the memories they hold.

Now the strength of these signals can be influenced by our lifestyle. Poor diet, lack of sleep, stress and alcohol consumption can negatively impact the strength of said signals. In turn, they negatively impact our ability to form long-lasting memories.

The study from the guys and gals at Brigham Young University observed two groups of mice. One group hung out and continued with their normal mice lives, while the other group were introduced to running wheels, and would spend their days much more active.

After a month, both groups of mice completed some complex tasks. The running mice were found to have a stronger ability to learn, and their memory in missions like navigating mazes were far superior to the non-running mice.

It just goes to show, the benefits of regular exercise are truly endless and totally worth it. So if you were looking for a reason to start exercising today, here it is.

H/T: The New York Times

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Bradley is a writer from regional NSW and he didn’t come here to make friends, he came to win. He tweets infrequently to his 43 followers @bradjohnston_.