We all know that exercise is good for us, yet we lead busy lives. For many, it is difficult to make time for physical activity on top of our already hectic schedule. Well, there is good news (maybe this information will help move physical activity higher on your priority list): a recent study has shown that strength training can help boost our memory, in addition to the other health benefits it provides.
The study, published in the October issue of Acta Psychologica, showed that a resistance workout lasting as little as 20 minutes improved the participant’s recall of a series of photos shown to them 2 days earlier. “Our study indicates that people don’t have to dedicate large amounts of time to give their brain a boost,” the researcher stated.
This is great news for everyone!
This doesn’t mean that longer duration activity or aerobic exercise is not beneficial. There are obvious benefits to other types and durations of exercise as well. It is, however, comforting to know that positive effects can be enjoyed without having to devote an extremely large portion of our day. If you have access to a gym, that’s great. There are also many activities that can be performed from the comfort of your own home with minimal to no equipment. Simple home workouts can be found quite easily online; check out our website or YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbYtN7Q9cdrzSvuWDynpKGA/videos) for ideas. You can be comforted in knowing these are focused on back-friendly, functional movements that we recommend for all fitness and ability levels. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need modifications. Keep checking back as we will update periodically! Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be sent automatic updates as more videos are added. Now block off 20 minutes and get started moving today!