Scientists have found that intense exercise – short bouts of interval training over the course of 20 minutes – resulted in significant improvement in high interference memory which, for example, allows us to distinguish our car from another of the same make and model.
A new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience suggests that combining intense exercise and brain training might, over time, amplify the benefits of both for the brain.
Most of us are unaware of the complexity of our brain’s memory system. Memories come in many different types, including detailed recollections of faces and objects, as well as separate memories about where and when we last saw them. These remembrances are created and stored in the hippocampus, our brain’s primary memory centre.
Past studies with animals show that exercise prompts the creation of many new brain cells in the hippocampus, providing the receptors onto which strong, new memories can be written, and allowing for improvements in many types of memory.
Just one more reason to promote Active Ageing amongst people of all ages!
[with acknowledgement to The Independent on Saturday, 2 December 2017]