Close banner

Support Outside Online

Love Outside?

Help fund our award-winning journalism with a contribution today.

Contribute to Outside

Unfit Adults Are More Forgetful

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

(Photo: Getty Images )

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.

Support Outside Online

Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.

Contribute to Outside
Filed To: News
Lead Photo: Getty Images