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Isn’t it irritating to know at the last moment that your key is missing that too when you are about to rush out of office or home to attend to some important business? The answer would obviously yes but do you know that YOGA help you track your missing key? Actually just 10 minutes of exercise a day could help your brain to better organize your memories.
According to daily mail, over time, connections between parts of the brain weaken, making it harder to distinguish between similar events in your mind. When you've lost your keys, for example, it can become increasingly difficult to decipher whether it was this morning or last week that you left them in your pocket. A new research from the University of California, Irvine and Japan's University of Tsukuba found that even light exercises like tai chi or yoga can have a transformative impact on the part of the brain responsible for storing and organizing memories.
While it has long been known that exercise is good for the brain, this study shows the very immediate benefits.
The research was carried out on 36 healthy adults in their early 20s.In the first part of the study, they were each prescribed 10 minutes of exercise, after which they were monitored with MRI scans. In the second part, they repeated the test but without exercise.
The study found a clear improvement in the connections in the regions that control detailed memory processing, the hippocampal dentate gyrus and cortical areas. In turn, that boost in connectivity made them more likely to remember certain things from the day before.
'The hippocampus is critical for the creation of new memories; it's one of the first regions of the brain to deteriorate as we get older - and much more severely in Alzheimer's disease,' said project co-leader Michael Yassa, UCI professor and Chancellor's Fellow of neurobiology & behavior.
'Improving the function of the hippocampus holds much promise for improving memory in everyday settings.'
Previously, it was not clear that exercise could affect the brain so quickly. We knew that exercise boosted the production of new brain cells, but that takes time.
'We don't discount the possibility that new cells are being born, but that's a process that takes a bit longer to unfold,' he said.
'What we observed is that these 10-minute periods of exercise showed results immediately afterward. It's encouraging to see more people keeping track of their exercise habits - by monitoring the number of steps they're taking, for example,' he said.
'Even short walking breaks throughout the day may have considerable effects on improving memory and cognition.'
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Author: Akshita Jain
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