Must-Read: Boost Your Memory By Working Out
Here’s the thing about muscles. They’re great! But unless you have a muscle working in your most important area — no, that’s not in your pants, fellas — then it all amounts to very little. If you have brawn without brain, than you are not really worth much in this world. The trick, then is to work out your brain. Luckily, there’s a way to do this while working our your body as well.
And so today we’re heading on over to Men’s Fitness, where they have a study showing that working with resistance training methods can actually help boost your memory. For example, among the pieces of information that are being delivered in the study:
Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology took this body of research to the next level with a new study about how resistance training affects episodic (long-term) memory. Published in Acta Psychologica, the study divided people into two groups, one tasked to remember if they had seen certain images after they lifted weights and another that attempted to recall the images without exercise. On the first day at the lab, study participants were shown 90 images before the exercising. Then, study participants performed a leg extension exercise for 6 sets of 10 reps after warmup sets.
During the second lab session two days later, study participants did the same memory test from session 1 except this one included 90 new images. The researchers asked the people to respond whether or not they remembered the images since the first session. Results showed that the group that did the leg extensions remembered about 10% more images than the non-exercisers.
Head on over to the link to check out the rest of the study, and then begin trying to flex your brain muscles by first flexing your muscle muscles.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.