Picture: IOL This could be of huge benefit in dealing with the growing problems of dementia and Alzheimer’s
Combining intensive exercise and brain training could help both young and old by improving their memory function.

This could be of huge benefit in dealing with the growing problems of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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.

An interesting new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience suggests that combining intense exercise and brain training might, over time, amplify the benefits of both for the brain, even in people whose minds already are working well.

Most of us are blissfully unaware of the complexity of our brain’s memory systems. Memories come in many different types, including detailed recollections of faces and objects and how they differ from similar faces and objects, as well as separate memories about where and when we last saw them. These remembrances are created and stored throughout the hippocampus, our brain’s primary memory centre.

Past studies with animals show that exercise prompts the creation of many new brain cells in the hippocampus, presumably providing the raw materials, the blank canvas, onto which strong, new memories can be written and allowing for improvements in many types of memory after exercise.- New York Times