Try This Quick Routine to Improve Memory

By: Lauren Mineau

You’re probably sick of all the news stories and articles about how little we exercise and the benefits we’re missing out on.

But some recent research shows that just a small amount of physical activity can help the brain function better.

A recent study from the University of California found that just 10 minutes of simple physical activity like walking, yoga, or stretching can boost the brain’s ability to make connections and help the brain differentiate memories.

The study surveyed a group of young professionals and found that those who had a spurt of activity remembered the questions given better than those who didn’t. Those who exercised also reported being in a better mood than those who didn’t.

If you don’t have time for a full body workout, try a quick walk around your office or nearby at lunch or during the afternoon. Even just a trip a few steps away from your desk can be enough to freshen your brain up for the next task.

The full study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.