The Physical Exercise That Boosts Long-Term Memory

How to transform short-term-memory to a long-term memory?

Long-Term Memory

Theoretically, we have two kinds of memory: the short-term and the long-term. The first one holds information shortly. In contrast, the latter holds the information for a long period of time.

According to a theory, all information that enters into our head will temporarily store in the short-term memory. But as more new information continues to come in, older memories are pushed out because of its limited space.

But not all old information is washed out. Some important information remains. In this case, the information is said to be in the long-term memory.

Information that is in the long-term memory is something that you still remember for decades.

These pieces of information must be very important to you. It could a significant event in your life such as accident, a birthday present, a first kiss, or the name of your first girlfriend or boyfriend.

However, transforming short-term memory to long-term memory is almost always a challenge. In fact, many people, especially students find difficulty in memorizing.

Fortunately, a new study found a significant solution. A team of researchers found that a workout with weights can boost the long-term memory by 20%.

In the study, the participants were shown numerous random pictures without instructing them to memorize.

One group of participants were instructed to have 50 leg extensions in the resistance machine.

While the second group was instructed to just sit in the leg extension chair for the same amount of time but did nothing. Their leg moved by the machine instead.

Two days later, the researchers asked the participants whether or not they still remember the pictures they’d previously seen.

The findings suggest that those who did not do the actual exercise successfully identified half the number of photos they’d seen.

While those who did the actual exercise successfully identified the 60% of the photos.

In other words, doing exercise has a better effect on memory.

But how does exercise improve memory? The answer is that during a heightened state (exercise or stressful situation), any information, especially the emotional materials are more likely to stick.

One of the researchers, Dr. Audrey Duarte concluded:

“Even without doing expensive fMRI scans, our results give us an idea of what areas of the brain might be supporting these exercise-induced benefits.

The findings are encouraging because they are consistent with rodent literature that pinpoints exactly the parts of the brain that play a role in stress-induced memory benefits caused by exercise.”

The study can be helpful to many people especially those who suffer from memory damage.

The best thing about the finding is that it shows the fact that you don’t have to spend money for memory-enhancing drugs. You can have a better long-term memory by just doing a simple knee bends before a study session.