How Fitness Help Sharpen Memories in Older people


In a recent article in The New York Times‘ reporter Gretchen Reynolds summarizes findings from two recent studies about the link between the physical fitness and brain health (improvement in memories).

It is believed that physical fitness & endurance exercises help sharpen memories. Exercises with high endurance improves memory in all age groups including elderly ones.

In a new study published in The Lancet journal, Norwegian researchers reported that people who gained physical fitness with better endurance improved their memories.

In another recent studies published in Appl Physical Nutrition Metab journal, Canadian researchers reported that linked between physical endurance and improved memory performance. Peoples with better fitness level had their memory sharpened. According to the Jennifer Heisz, an associate professor at McMaster University who oversaw the new study says “it is not too late” for middle-aged or older people to start exercising and protect their memories”.

I tell people to add in some hills when they go for a walk or pick up the pace between street lamps

Jennifer Heisz, Associate Professor at McMaster University, Canada

Dr Ulrik Wisloff, the director of the Cardiac Exercise Research Group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, suggests that for endurance and brain health “try regularly exercise with an intensity so that you get out of breath.”

Its time for most of us, young or old, to develop a habit of doing regular exercise to retain fit & retain memory power in older age.