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A single bout of resistance training can improve memory and alter hippocampus function, study suggests

A single bout of resistance training can improve memory and alter hippocampus function, study suggests

New research sheds light on how high-intensity resistance training can influence memory and brain function. The findings, published in the journal Brain and Behavior, provide evidence that a single session of such exercise can enhance memory performance and alter the functional connectivity within the hippocampus, a brain region crucial for memory formation. Previous studies have highlighted the benefits of physical exercise, including aerobic and resistance training, on memory and brain health. However, the specific impact of resistance training on memory remained less understood. Resistance training, characterized by muscle-strengthening activities, has been known to improve various aspects of physical and mental health across all age groups. Notably, in rodents, it was found to enhance neuroplasticity in the hippocampus, suggesting a potential mechanism for memory improvement. Given this background, the researchers hypothesized that high-intensity resistance training could bolster the hippocampal network, thereby improving memory performance. “Previous studies have shown physical training can improve memory and we aimed to verify this over a short period,” said study author Teruo Hashimoto, an assistant professor of functional brain imaging at …