April 18, 2013

Aerobic Better Than Weights

1 Exercise Builds Memory Cells and Skills

We’ve known since the 1990s that physical exercise stimulates growth in the part of the brain that controls memory retention, but it seems that some forms of exercise are more productive than others. University of British Columbia researchers divided a group of older women suffering mild cognitive impairment into three sections and placed them in six-month supervised exercise programs, either lifting weights, briskly walking, or stretching. Based on before and after cognitive tests, the stretching section actually scored worse on memory tests at the end, while both of the other sections improved in tests of verbal memory (remembering words) and spatial memory (recalling locations of things), although the walking section was superior to the weight section in spatial recollection.

More at Well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Age Is Key to Remembering

Tags: Exercise and Cognitive Decline, Memory Aids, Exercise and Memory, Restoring Memory, Exercise and Brain Mass

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