A single session of intense exercise can improve motor memory and motor skill learning. It takes a lot of practice to master the perfect kick. But if you do a quick high-intensity workout immediately after practicing your kicking technique, you’ll improve your long-term retention of that particular motor skill.
Getting your heart rate up immediately after practicing a motor task improves your long-term retention of that particular motor skill, a new study shows. “If you engage in physical activity, e.g. intensive cycling, after you have acquired a motor task, you’ll get better at performing the same task again a week later,” says Kasper Skriver, a PhD student at Copenhagen University’s Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, who is one of the researchers behind the new study, just published in the scientific journal PLoS One.