Need another reason to exercise? Take a jog up memory lane!

It certainly is no secret that exercise helps keep our minds and bodies healthy, and fully functioning. I have a very regular exercise schedule – key to my weight loss (down 125lbs)! I mostly do weight resistance training, which is also great for women. I have been biking and walking by the lakefront these days since the weather is so nice 🙂  A new in-depth study on the benefits of exercise on the mind found that regular exercise has a measurable effect on memory and mood.

All study participants initially took a memory and mood test before being randomly assigned to two groups. One group exercised four times a week for at least 30 minutes, while the other group remained sedentary. All participants were retested (mood + memory) after 4 weeks. Half of the exercise group worked out right before the test, and half of the sedentary group did the same. The results were astonishing: Those who exercised regularly + exercised before test performed better than those who exercised regularly. These two groups performed better than the sedentary group.  But exercising before the test didn’t help sedentary participants and they reported feeling more anxiety, while anxiety levels went down for the first two groups. This shows a very strong link between regular exercise and memory, specifically: the more you exercise, the sharper your memory. 

The current data strongly suggests that people should be physically active” if they wish to enjoy a sturdy, unporous memory in the long term… Walk or jog regularly, in other words, and most of us can expect to continue recognizing our keys as keys.

Many sedentary people think it is difficult to start a regular exercise regimen. But all you need to do is start. Ease your way into it by committing to walk at least 30 minutes 3 or 4 times a week and see. You’ll enjoy the benefits (decreased BMI, no more diabetes, high blood pressure, sharper mind, improved mood etc) and discover the fun in exercising to take it a step further!

Please ask any questions/concerns about starting a regime. Or any details on a routine that is working for you 🙂

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

Comments are closed