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#1 Best MEMORY Boost – Easiest Life Hack for Older Women (Works in 1 Hour)

By on March 2, 2017
Doing this as you age could boost the memory center of your brain, say researchers.

The findings, which appear in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, show that regular aerobic exercise increased the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain associated with verbal memory and learning. For people with mild cognitive impairment, this helped slow the transition to Alzheimer’s disease. It did not improve their verbal memory, however.

“In older adults, intervention studies indicate that regular aerobic exercise can improve task switching, selective attention, inhibition of prepotent responses, and working memory span,” write researchers in the journal’s online version. “Furthermore, cross-sectional data indicate that aerobic fitness predicts better working memory updating, but further research is needed to determine whether this relationship reflects engagement in exercise.”

The study, which involved 86 women between 70 and 80 years old, tested the effects of aerobic exercise on certain factors associated with cognition, including verbal memory and learning capacity. Mild cognitive loss is common among women this age, and can sometimes lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

Splitting them into two groups, researchers assigned one group to a twice-weekly brisk walking session, totaling one hour in length. The other group completed lunges, squats, and weightlifting for an hour twice per week, considered resistance exercise.

Researchers measured their hippocampal volume before and after the trial ended six months later. Using a MRI scan, they found that their hippocampal volume increased significantly, reducing the risk of further cognitive loss. However, upon testing their verbal memory, they found that it did not enhance their performance. This suggests that while it can prevent further cognitive loss, it cannot help people regain lost cognition.

Still, the effects are pretty significant, say researchers.

“Overall, the results from the span and Sternberg tasks suggest that regular exercise can also confer benefits for the volume of information that children and older adults can hold in mind at one time,” write researchers.

What This Means For You

Aerobic exercise is a double-edged sword–while it can prevent cognitive loss, it can’t necessarily make you smarter. So what does that mean for you? Simple: Aerobic exercise should be a top priority before you experience memory loss. One hour of brisk walking per day is enough to keep your brain volume high, allege researchers.

Readers: What are your tricks and tips for keeping your memory sharp?

Sources:
Regular Aerobic Exercise Boosts Memory Area of Brain in Older WomenEurekAlert.org
Benefits of Regular Aerobic Exercise For Executive Functioning in Healthy Populations (Study)Springer.com

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