An intense workout boosts motor learning

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.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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