Did you know that you can get better memory with just 10 minutes of exercise a day?
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A study by Hideaki Soya, the chair of the Advanced Research Initiative for Human High Performance at University of Tsukuba, shows that exercise can help you remember better. The study with 36 healthy college-aged men and women found that just 10 minutes of slow cycling on a stationary bike led to improved memory. It was a simple process – firstly, a memory test follow by the workout, then the second and final memory test. All participants had “rapid enhancement” in recalling details correctly after exercising. Effects of improved memory is clear, but the duration it lasts is unknown.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia studied 60 elderly with mild memory impairment caused by clogged arteries. They found that after six months of mainly treadmill exercise, there were improvements on cognitive tests.
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It’s believed that exercises causes an instant increase in communication between regions of the brain that play a big role in memory processing. So while exercise keeps your muscles taut and your heart healthy, your brain power gets a boost as well – and this is especially great for those looking to ward off Alzheimer’s.
Obviously everybody needs some physical activity, but particularly those who are of older age, were previously sedentary, overweight, or have a family history of Alzheimer’s. As a result of aging, our memory deteriorates, with almost 40 percent of people over 65 experiencing memory loss in one way or another. Being overweight brings health problems affecting your body and brain. As Alzheimer’s is heavily affected by DNA, those who have family members with Alzheimer’s should pay extra attention to their health.
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Other ways to promote better memory
You can also eat your way to a better brain. Foods including fish, coffee, blueberries, broccoli, nuts, and dark chocolate have been said to boost memory. The ingredients in healthy food provide the brain energy and nutrients needed for optimal cognitive abilities.
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Habits in your daily life can also impact your memory in the long run. By being more patient with yourself and keeping cool, you get flustered less easily and can function with a clearer mind. You can also improve your memory by writing things down, repeating ideas to yourself and storing events in your calendar. Try keeping all your notes in a single diary so you know exactly where to look for your to-do list.
Last but not least, sleep deprivation is linked to memory loss so drop everything by a designated time every night and hit the sack for a restorative sleep.
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