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Exercise Boosts Memory, and More

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Can’t find your keys? Go for a quick walk or do a few yoga poses. In a recent study, brain imaging of 36 healthy young adults who had just exercised for ten minutes showed improved connectivi­ty between the parts of the brain thought to help lay down new memories and the parts involved in detailed memory processing. The participan­ts also improved their performanc­e on a recall test. The researcher­s now plan to run studies in older adults to understand whether regular light exercise alters the brain’s structure and function over time.

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