Unfit Adults Are More Forgetful

Study finds healthy adults more likely to retain long-term information

May 6, 2014
Outside Magazine

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Want to remember more when you get older? Hit the gym. According to a new study out of Michigan State University, the less fit you are over time, the less you remember, the Telegraph reports.

The study, published online in the journal Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, is the first to test young, healthy adults. It followed 75 students over two days and found that those who were less fit had a more difficult time retaining information.

"The findings show that lower-fit individuals lose more memory across time," Assistant professor of psychology Kimberly Fenn told the Telegraph

Fenn and others found that fitter individuals carry more oxygen to the brain and maintain homeostasis, which helps improve higher brain functions. More oxygen in the brain, more memories—there's incentive to do some cardio.

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