How ex­er­cise makes you smarter

Glamour (South Africa) - - Health -

Do­ing bi­ceps curls might help you re­mem­ber the name of the cute new guy at work. Re­searchers found that strength train­ing boosts as­so­cia­tive mem­ory (putting faces to names), while car­dio im­proves episodic mem­ory (re­mem­ber­ing items on a shop­ping list). Work­ing out in­creases blood flow to the brain – no­tably the hip­pocam­pus, where mem­o­ries are stored – and in­creases growth fac­tors, which are like brain vi­ta­mins that pro­mote cell health.

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