You can be healthy but have memory issues if you're not doing this

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Aerobic fitness helps with long-term memory no matter your age
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Being physically fit has advantages that go beyond heart health and self-image. Research suggests if you're out of shape you could also suffer from long-term memory problems. The news isn't good when you consider the finding also showed memory issues for people who aren't staying aerobically fit get worse over-time.

Sedentary lifestyle could wipe out your memory

Sitting around too much that has become common in the Western world could literally wipe out your memory.

Researchers from Michigan State University tested the impact of aerobic fitness on memory among healthy adults. Past studies have focused on children with developing brains and the elderly.

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Participants were asked to study pairs of words, such as "camp" and trail". The next day their long-term memory was tested.

The researchers matched the results with aerobic fitness level of the participants with a treadmill test and by measuring oxygen consumption.

The results showed less physically fit but otherwise healthy people had poor memory compared to those who were aerobically fit. For the study, 75 people were tested. “The findings show that lower-fit individuals lose more memory across time,” said Kimberly Fenn, study co-author and assistant professor of psychology.

If you're not aerobically fit but otherwise healthy you could suffer long-term memory problems the study would suggest.

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