Easy, stress-free movement has a very positive effect on our memory. A team of researchers from Japan found out. Therefore, ten minutes is enough to boost the brain power. The knowledge could also help with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Sport is healthy and keeps the brain. It’s not only to sports performance, shows a new study done by the Japanese Hideaki Soya. His team of researchers has found that even slight movement is sufficient to increase the brain power.
Also for memory loss relevant
Ten minutes of activity have a positive effect. The researchers at the University of Tsukuba believe that this can also diseases in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s be helpful. The report in the journal “Proceedings” of the US national Academy of Sciences.
For the study, the research team investigated the effect of mild, stress-free movement on the memory. For this, they were 36 healthy subjects at the age of about 20 years, tens of minutes on a Recumbent bike ride. Afterwards, they completed various memory tasks.
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Walking or Yoga will help to keep the brain in momentum
In one part of the group also made recordings of the brain, to check the activity in the Hippocampus. This part is largely responsible for the memory and is part of the Limbic System.
The result: a short workout is enough for the Hippocampus to stimulate and increase the memory power. In addition, the researchers found that light activities such as slow walking, Yoga or Tai-Chi have the same effect.
For seniors it could be of great importance
Soya says: "This is particularly important, therefore, as episodic memory loss in many diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease occurs."
So far, had not yet been explored whether there is also a less strenuous sport program could be helpful. But just because older people suffer from restrictions on their physical performance, argue the authors, to take the effects of light exercise in the focus of further studies.
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