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Lack of physical fitness can limit memory: Study

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Being out of shape isn’t good for a person’s long-term memory, a new U.S. study has found.

Michigan State University researchers had participants study related word pairs such as “camp” and “trail,” and the next day they were tested on the word pairs to evaluate long-term memory retention.

The students were also tested for physical fitness using a treadmill test and their weight, body fat percentage, age and sex were also documented.

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The researchers found students who were less fit had a harder time retaining knowledge. They also noted a “surprising number” of college students were “significantly out of shape.” These students were “much worse” at retaining information than their fitter counterparts.

The study, which was published online in the journal Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, is important because sedentary lifestyles have become more common in North America, the researchers say.

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