If you want to up your game at work, try a quick workout. Neuroscientists have found that it boosts the brain’s learning and memory region

You know that regular exercise is good for your health, but did you know that it could make you smarter, too?

While working with mice, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) neuroscientists discovered that a short burst of exercise directly boosts the function of a gene that increases connections between neurons in the hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with learning and memory.

You don’t need an expensive membership to a fancy gym

Exercise is cheap, and you don’t necessarily need a fancy gym membership or have to run 10 miles a day,” says co-senior author Gary Westbrook, M.D., senior scientist at the OHSU Vollum Institute and Dixon Professor of Neurology in the OHSU School of Medicine.

Previous research in animals and in people shows that regular exercise promotes general brain health.

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For this study, the researchers wanted to measure the brain’s response, specifically to single bouts of exercise.

They found that, in otherwise sedentary mice, short-term bursts of exercise – the human equivalent of 4 000 steps – promoted an increase in synapses in the hippocampus.

So, if you’re trying to learn a new skill at work or studying, doing a short workout could be just what you need to prime your brain for learning.

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Source: Oregon Health & Science University via www.sciencedaily.com

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