Exercising body and mind

Illustration: Kagan McLeod

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Think While You Sweat
A Union College study suggests that you can amplify the cognitive benefits of exercise by using your head during a workout. Participants played an "exergame," in which they rode a bike equipped with a virtual reality display that showed them navigating a 3-D landscape. After three months, the exergamers fared better on tests involving short-term memory than a control group that rode a traditional stationary bike.