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Exercise Improves Learning and Memory in Young Adults


Just a single exercise workout has positive effects on learning and memory in young adults, according to a recent review of published studies.

The review, which is published in Translational Sports Medicine, included 13 relevant studies. The types of exercise that were studied involved walking, running, and bicycling in individuals between 18 to 35 years of age.

Investigators found that aerobic exercise for 2 minutes to 1 hour at moderate to high intensity improved attention, concentration, and learning and memory functions for up to 2 hours. They noted that the results may have important education-related implications.

“Exercise makes you smart,” said co-author Peter Blomstrand, MD, PhD, of County Hospital Ryhov and Jönköping University, in Sweden.

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Translational Sports Medicine promotes all aspects of sports medicine that combines basic science with clinical science by exploring the translational pathway between mechanistic research and conceptually novel insight into human exercise activities, either in relation to diagnosis, treatment, performance or prevention of diseases or sports injuries.

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