Exercise more to improve memory, researchers say

KYW Staff
February 05, 2020 - 4:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you want to improve your memory, researchers suggest in the journal Nature to increase exercise. 

Brisk walks, even as short as 20 minutes, can provide your working memory a jump start. 

In fact, the same study suggests that exercise could help replace coffee or at the very least serve as another option. 

The report focused on what is called working memory. Working memory is the ability to store and manipulate information, things like remembering items on a grocery list or what time your favorite sporting event will be starting on TV. 

The bottom line is: caffeine may be overrated and a brisk walk could be a bigger help.