Most people know that exercise is a great way to relieve stress. What rarely gets attention is the fact that reducing stress levels can actually improve exercise performance and recovery. Technically, exercise is a form of positive stress. Your body receives a stimulus, then adapts in a positive manner. The immediate results are better performance, increases in strength and less body fat. This is what is known as an “acute stress response” – a specific stimulus that lasts for a temporary period. Acute stressors can be very healthy, and are necessary for any type of growth.
Misplace your car keys – again? Can’t remember the name of the person you met just last weekend?
You’re not alone. We’re all absorbing millions of bits of information every day, so it’s no surprise some things take a little longer to recall than others. But did you know that two common activities – exercise and rest – can help support healthy memory?
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