I’d like to think of the last time you had one of those frustrating moments when you were speaking to somebody and couldn’t quite recall the specific piece of information you were going to mention. Maybe it was the title of a book or the name of the artist of the song on the radio at the time. These situations where something is on the ‘tip of our tongue’ but we can’t recall it can be very frustrating but this week I’ve got an unlikely solution.

This week’s insight comes from recently published research undertaken by psychologists in the UK, Belgium and Norway and is very simple – if you want to reduce the amount of times you find yourself trying to recall a piece of information that is on the tip of your tongue then focus on improving your aerobic fitness.

In the study researchers took two groups of people – an older group in their late 60s and a group of younger adults in their early 20s and to start with tested their Vo2 Max, or their aerobic fitness. Then, via a series of tests, they explored how many times they had a ‘tip of the tongue’ moment. The results were simple – they found that the higher level of fitness in the person the fewer times this situation occurred. So, if you want to reduce those frustrating situations, then it is time to hit (or continue with!) the treadmill, the bike or any activity that impacts on your aerobic fitness.

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Jonathan Bradshaw
The Meetology® Lab


K. Segaert, S. J. E. Lucas, C. V. Burley, P. Segaert, A. E. Milner, M. Ryan, L. Wheeldon. “Higher Physical Fitness Levels Are Associated with Less Language Decline in Healthy Ageing.” Scientific Reports (Published online: April 30, 2018) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-24972-1