February 28, 2018
Scientists have proven over and over again that exercise has thousands of physical and psychological benefits, including weight loss, reducing your risk of diseases and cancers, and improving your mental health. But a new study, published this month in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, points to a surprising connection between exercise and memory.
Or is it suprising?
"Neuroscientists have known for some time that the potency of our synapses depends to some degree on how we live our lives," writes Gretchen Reynolds in the New York Times. "Lack of sleep, alcohol, diet and other aspects of our lifestyles, especially stress, may dampen the flow of messages between brain cells." Researchers have suspected for a while now that regular exercise might strengthen the connections between synapses in our brain, similar to the way it strengthens our muscles and bones.
Now, scientists at Brigham Young University have demonstrated a direct link between exercise and memory retention with healthy male mice. Mice who regularly exercised on a wheel performed better on memory tests than their non-exercising peers.
You might ask, "Why does that matter? My memory is great!" But those connections between synapses aren't just important for remembering to turn off the oven — they're also the key to learning new information.
So…need help learning how to speak French? Exercise! Having trouble with pre-calculus? Exercise! Your body will thank you, but your mind will, too. Here's a look at the Y's fitness programs, including group exercise classes, personal training, and much more.
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