Memory boost: One-off exercise as effective as 12 weeks' training

Researchers are well-aware of the benefits that exercising brings to the mind and body. But how long do these positive effects last, especially where the brain is concerned? And how frequently should we exercise?

A large body of recent research has demonstrated that exercise can bring an impressive amount of benefits to health and well-being.

For instance, accumulating evidence suggests that exercise can help relieve depression and help maintain metabolic health and brain health.

The positive effects of exercise on the latter, particularly on memory and other cognitive abilities, is of particular interest to researchers who focus on preventing age-related and clinical cognitive decline.

Some of the main questions that researchers ask are: How much exercise does a person need in order to boost brain health, and how long do these positive effects last? And, more specifically: What are the effects of exercise on the cognitive abilities of older people?

These are some of the questions that a new study from the University of Iowa has recently tackled. The research findings, featured in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, bring us a better understanding of the ways in which exercise can help keep the mind sharp.

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