How to Improve Memory With Just A Little Exercise – Ground Breaking New Research
New Research Shows How To Improve Memory With Just A Little Exercise
It is commonly know that aerobic exercise is good for both the body and the brain. Exercise increases endorphins and the production of serotonin in the nervous system as well as increasing the amount of oxygen delivered the brain. This oxygenation of the brain improves blood flow and ultimately helps if your are struggling with how to improve memory, your focus and concentration and your overall brain health and performance.
However, given how complicated our modern day lives are now and how difficult it is to find time in our busy days to exercise in a meaningful way, the question is, just how much daily aerobic exercise do we need to do and how to improve memory and brain health without cutting into the limited amount of valuable amount of time we have available in our day?
The reason this question is important is because it’s human nature to not do the things that are good for us if we don’t see immediate benefit and since arriving exercise is so important the brain health is vital to try and understand how much exercise is enough to keep our brains in tiptop condition.
Luckily for all of us, new research from the University of California (UCI) may have found the answer.
Details of the UCI Study Into How To Improve Memory Loss with Exercise
The UCI study involved two groups of adults aged 50+. The first group had no history of mental illness or memory loss while second group consisted of individuals who had been struggling with how to improve memory and who had experienced some form of memory loss during their adult lives
The first group were tested by exercising on stationary bicycles (the type of equipment commonly found in gym spin cycle classes) for less than 10 minutes while the second group did no exercise at all. Both groups were then given a saliva test followed by a series of simple memory tests involving the recall of a number of uncomplicated images. Exactly one hour later both groups were then given another saliva test and then asked to recall the images again.
The results were as dramatic as they were surprising; the group that had exercised on the stationary bicycles were far more successful in remembering more of the images from the memory test then the group who have not exercised at all. Most surprising of all was that those individuals who had a history of memory loss and had exercised on stationary bicycles actually doubled their ability to remember the images.
Small Amounts of Exercise = More Norepinephrine = Improved Memory
The final saliva tests of both cohorts showed that the group who exercised on the stationary bicycles (and had demonstrated better memory recall of the images) had a higher level of the memory boosting neurotransmitter Norepinephrine in their saliva than the group who had not exercised at all.
The results of this research study has led the neuroscientists involved to conclude that very small amounts of aerobic activity (in this case no more than 6 minutes!) will result in the production of the memory boosting neurotransmitter Norepinephrine and this increase in production was higher in individuals who started from a position of poor or declining memory performance.
This study is all the more remarkable because it is the first time that the direct link has been made between small amounts of aerobic exercise and almost immediate memory improvement.
It is important to note that because this is the first comprehensive study of its kind that there is still work to do in establishing a relationship between exercise and memory improvement but as researchers plan more detailed studies on the back of this existing one, the link between memory improvement and just small amounts of exercise will only become more pronounced.
What is clear from this initial study is it just a little aerobic exercise done consistently every day can deliver significant improvements in memory as we age.
Sam Jansen is a leading brain scientist, lawyer and author, studying neuroscience, social behaviors and the science of happiness.You can find him at Google+