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Exercise improves memory function

Exercise improves memory function

Everyone wants to preserve their memory function. Exercise is how you do it.

The section of the brain which is associated with memory, the hippocampus, shrinks by 1-2% each year for adults.

Exercise improves blood flow to the hippocampus. Research has shown that the hippocampus is larger in people who are fitter.

When you consider that memory peaks at the age of 20, it’s important to help preserve memory function, and to keep the brain active.

According to a study, 30 minutes of moderate exercise, three times a week is all it takes to enable the hippocampus to grow.

This needs to be exercise that makes you sweat, and not just stretching and toning exercises.

Researchers estimate that one new case of dementia is detected every four seconds globally, and say that by the year 2050, more than 115 million people will have dementia worldwide.

Moderate-intensity exercises include swimming, stair climbing, tennis, squash, or dancing. Household chores can help as well - intense sweeping and vacuuming, raking leaves, or anything that makes you break out in a light sweat.

Memory and thinking skills aren't the only things that are improved with exercise. Exercise also improves mood and the overall feeling of wellbeing.

Just because we can’t see the brain, doesn’t mean we should be ignoring it. It’s a muscle that needs working just like any other, and exercise is a perfect way to keep it in shape.

 

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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

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