Increase Your Memory by 10 percent in 20 minutes

Is it possible to increase the strength of your memory?

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Today we are going to talk about how you can increase your memory by 10% in 20 minutes. A study was done some time ago where they took 46 people and they showed them 90 pictures. They were trying to remember the things that they had seen on these 90 pictures and one of the groups out of those 46 people was to immediately after looking at the pictures, they were to go and exercise. They were to do these leg presses for 20 minutes. And then both groups after that were told not to exercise for the next two days. Then after two days they were to come back and take a test where they were shown 180 pictures, 90 of them they had previously seen and 90 they had not. And they were asked to recall which ones they had seen and which ones they did not see. Well, what they discovered was that those who had done the exercise just after looking at the pictures actually increased their memory by 10%. So, mixed in with your education or your studies or your reading something, keeping up with your exercise can actually increase your memory, potentially, by up to 10%. Now, we read about the benefits of exercise over a hundred years ago and we read here, “The time spent in physical exercise is not lost. A proportionate exercise of all the organs and faculties of the body is essential to the best work of each. When the brain is constantly taxed while the other organs of the living machinery are inactive, there is a loss of strength, physical and mental...The mind must not be constantly confined to close thought, for the delicate mental machinery becomes worn. The body as well as the mind must have exercise.” Messages to Young People 239 So, even those who are in school, you may think, well I don’t have time, but the reality is, getting that exercise can actually enhance your mental capacity, it can enhance your memory. So, I want to challenge you to get out and get your exercise.