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Need quick memory recall? Try going for a jog first…

December 7, 2011

I’m reposting from the NY Times Well Blog here about how exercise benefits the brain. Finally a research study attempts to prove that exercise actually increases memory recall on both the cellular level and in practice. They devised a way to see what was actually happening and why we humans were able to perform better on memory tests after exercise.  Tell me, have you experienced this situation personally?

If you’re like me, you’re nodding your head “yup.” I remember sitting at my desk at 2 in the afternoon, feeling the mid-afternoon slump and making zero progress on my work projects. So I’d routinely grab a colleague or friend and we’d take a 20 minute walk uphill to the neighborhood park and round back to the office. Upon return, I felt energized and my work projects were finished at a rapid pace in what seemed like half the time. In addition, it helped make the work day fly by, probably because I was able to focus on my projects.

So the next time you’re feeling that lull in the afternoon, or need to recall for that test you’re studying to pass, try to head out for a quick bike ride, jog or a walk. Does it make any difference to you? What if you take it one step further and suggest that one of your weekly meetings happen while on a walk through the neighborhood. You might be surprised at what you’ll accomplish.

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