Exercise has long been touted for its ability to control weight gain, combat health conditions and diseases, improve mood, boost energy, and promote better sleep. Now, researchers have determined that exercise also boosts blood flow to the part of the brain involved with memory—meaning those runs, bike rides, and aerobics classes are also contributing to your ability to retain information.
Researchers determined that an active lifestyle improves memory through an experiment involving people with low levels of aerobic fitness. After completing a regular exercise program for three months, the researchers found that the cardio-induced increase in blood flow also improved results of a memory test. The results also proved true with people who already maintained active lifestyles.
The relationship between physical activity and brainpower is complex, but doctors say, in general, exercise is proven to enhance a person’s ability to remember.