Want to boost your memory? Then you'd better get your trainers on.
Intensive exercise (we're talking spinning not sauntering) four hours after learning something can help you remember information, according to new research from the Netherlands.
For the study, 72 people spent 40 minutes on a memory task, for which they were shown pictures in one of six locations on a computer screen. Split into three groups, they were then asked to workout on an exercise bike straight away, four hours later or not at all, it's reported in the journal Current Biology.
Two days later they were tested on how much they remembered while having a brain scan. And the group that exercised four hours after the task came out top. And those who did no exercise at all performed slightly better than those who exercised straight away.
'Our results suggest that appropriately timed physical exercise can improve long-term memory and highlight the potential of exercise as an intervention in education and clinical settings,' says Professor Guillén Fernández, from Radboud University Medical Centre.
Guillen Fernandez, lead researcher, from the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, in the Netherlands, said: 'Our results suggest that appropriately timed physical exercise can improve long-term memory and highlight the potential of exercise as an intervention in education and clinical settings.'
So, if you needed another excuse to hit the gym – do it for your brain!