Remember This: Exercise Boosts Your Brainpower
Middle-Aged Adults Who Cycle or Stretch Improve Memory
Exercise and Memory: Improved Blood Flow
The study findings echo previous research, says Scott Small, MD, the Herbert Irving professor of neurology at Columbia University. He reviewed the findings but was not involved in the German study.
Other studies have also found that an increase in fitness is linked with selective improvements in memory, he tells WebMD.
In his own research, Small has found that inactive people who become physically active can increase blood flow to the brain. They then score better on memory tests.
One strength of the new study, he tells WebMD, is the length of the training. Another is the focus on middle-aged men and women. He says they often worry about memory problems.