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6 Minutes of Daily Exercise Can Delay Memory Loss

6 Minutes of Daily Exercise Can Delay Memory Loss

How do you keep the brain sharp after the age of 50? Most advice on this seems to focus on keeping the mind active through puzzles, brain teasers, Sudoku, chess and such. But little is said about the power of physical exercise in improving the functioning of mind and memory.

The truth is, physical activity can play a much stronger role in keeping your memory strong and your focus sharp, according to research conducted at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas in Dallas.

The study, conducted over 12 weeks, showed that adults who exercised regularly showed improvement in both metabolic and cognitive health. That’s because aerobic exercise improves blood flow to the brain—specifically to the region where the effects of Alzheimer’s are seen the most.

In another significant study, participants between the age of 50 and 85 were asked to exercise on a stationary bike for six minutes. An hour after this, they were given a memory test. These participants performed much better than the group that had done no exercise. The conclusion: even a short burst of exercise helped release norepinephrine, a brain chemical that can improve memory.

Could there be a greater reason to hit the treadmill now?

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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12:47AM PST on Feb 20, 2015

Thank you!

4:54AM PST on Nov 13, 2014

Thank you!

12:28PM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Worth a try!

12:11PM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

Thank you. It's the right thing to do!

12:23PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014


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12:13PM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

Phosphatidylserine. 100-200mg if you are only ok. 300-400mg per day to offset, slow or reverse Alzheimer's or dementia. It works noticeably. You will be amazed at how much detail and richness return. Can be taken w/food. Cut back if you cannot sleep. Bless us all.

4:36AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

I know I can do more than 6 minutes. Thank you for sharing.

12:21AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

Thank you.

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