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Regular Exercise Tied to Improved Memory
Posted: 6/25/2014 12:00 AM by
Several studies done over the last ten years have contributed evidence to a very simple premise; regular exercise is tied to improved memory. By measuring how active a person is and comparing it to the number of errors the made on a range of cognitive tests over time, researchers found that people who were in better cardio-vascular health were more likely to have better memories as they age. "This study shows that your cardiovascular fitness at one point in time can predict how well your memory may function in the future," said Carrington Wendell.
Wendell is a researcher with the Bethesda, Maryland-based National Institute on Aging, who led the study. One interesting correlation found that 80 year olds who at one point in their lives, were twice as fit as their peers, made 25% fewer errors on tests that measure concentration and memory.
While no definitive proof is currently available, the body of evidence showing the connection between exercise and improved memory has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade. With that in mind, many health professionals recommend incorporating regular exercise, and a healthy diet to people of all ages, stating that exercise done now can affect the quality of your memory in the future. It is however recommended that anyone with a medical condition consult their doctor before participating in vigorous exercise.
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