Forget something? One thing makes your memory better

Deepak Gupta February 22, 2022
Updated 2022/02/22 at 5:08 AM

The human brain and its relationship to various other areas and influencing factors has always been an important field of research. In addition to many other topics, the human memory is the focus of some scientists. They continuously examine processes and activities that improve memory could. Now, a new study has come to an interesting conclusion.

Improving memory: Especially important in old age

In their study, the researchers looked in particular at the connection between physical activity and episodic memory. Episodic memory is part of long-term memory. It serves to retrieve experiences that one has had at certain times in certain situations. So if you want to improve your memory, you have to move.

Episodic memory is formed in the brain region that benefits most from exercise. At the same time, it is also the type of memory that is most likely to suffer from age-related decline. Therefore, the scientists looked at very specific sections of the population in specific, older age groups. To do this, they looked at numerous previous studies from which they were able to pull relevant data and bring them together in new ways.

Sport helps the memory on the jumps

In their observations, the team found that exercise had a positive impact on episodic memory in people over the age of 55 without dementia. The data also allow conclusions to be drawn on the question of how much you should train at least:

“It appears that exercising three times a week for at least four months is the amount to reap the episodic memory benefits.”

Sarah Aghjayan, lead author of the study

The sooner the better

However, the new findings should not be misunderstood to mean that it is enough to only start exercising very late in life. In fact, everything points to the opposite: the earlier you start making exercise a habit, the higher your chances of retaining episodic memory as you age.

With regard to the study, the researchers found that greater improvements in memory could be observed in the age group between 55 and 68 than in the group between 69 and 85. It is therefore better to start earlier, according to Aghjayan.

But exercise isn’t the only way to improve memory. For example, there are many other ways that you can use to train your short-term memory in particular.

Source: “Aerobic exercise improves episodic memory in late adulthood: a systematic review and meta-analysis” (2022, Communications Medicine)

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