Moderate exercises such as brisk walks and water aerobics can be just as helpful for preserving memory function as high-intensity workouts, United Kingdom researchers have found.
This discovery may offer new activity options and new hope for geriatric residents with mobility limitations, said Amir-Homayoun Javadi, M.D., from the University of Kent.
“Our research indicates that it is not necessary to overexert oneself in order to achieve observable cognitive improvements,” he added.
Three experiments were conducted as part of the study. Each featured a three-armed crossover design that measured the extent to which physical exercise and wakeful rest could influence long-term memory performance. Full findings appear in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.