Make it stick: exercise and sleep


New research suggests that a burst of intense cardiovascular exercise right after learning a new motor skill can help solidify and lock in the learnings. Exercise seems to make the brain more efficient in holding the neural pathways. This consolidation of learning is possibly further promoted by sleep. These are the conclusions after a study focused on rehabilitation patients, such as stroke patients, but fascinating nonetheless. The findings may have broader implications for all learning. The striving for peak performance is fueling work like this. This work may provide a simple (but not easy) way to achieve it: exercise and get a good night sleep.


Read: The Secret to Retaining a New Skill: Learn, Exercise, Sleep

Read: 15-minutes of exercise creates optimal brain state for mastering new motor skills

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