The health advantages of high-intensity exercise are widely known but new research from McMaster University points to another major benefit: better memory.
The findings could have implications for an aging population which is grappling with the growing problem of catastrophic diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
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Scientists have found that six weeks of intense exercise — short bouts of interval training over the course of 20 minutes — showed significant improvements in what is known as high-interference memory, which, for example, allows us to distinguish our car from another of the same make and model.
The study is published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.