15 minutes of exercise could be the key to learning faster

Must See 13/07/2018

It's known that exercise is good for your body but it is also great for your mind, mental well-being and sleeping patterns.

According to new research, even as little as 15 minutes of sweating your stuff can help boost your memory.

We know, it sounds too good to be true!

A study conducted at McGill University in Canada found that after exercising immediately after learning a new skill can help how you retain the knowledge.

For the first time, there's evidence that doing even a single, 15-minute stint of cardio can increase your brain's efficiency and ability to make connections, which will help you learn the new skill.

According to ScienceDaily, the researchers involved in the study are hoping their findings might translate to much more rapid recovery time for people who have suffered the loss of skills due to a stroke, or mobility issues as a result of an injury.

For the research, participants were asked to complete two tasks; one was similar to a video game called a “pinch task”, changing the force of their grip.

After completing the task, half the group were told to exercise 15 mins on a stationary bike, the other half rested.

The second time participants were asked to complete a variation of the first task, but at intervals of 30, 60 or 90 mins following the exercise/rest period. During this, the researchers simultaneously assessed participants' brain activity.

The next day, each participant repeated the pinch task, and the researchers found that those who had exercised for 15 minutes after learning the new skill used much less brain power to repeat the task than those who had rested- According to ScienceDaily.

So next time you’re thinking of learning a new skill, make sure you head for a quick work-out afterwards, and you might learn that skill a little faster.