Looking to improve your memory? Recent studies show that climbing a tree and balancing on the beam can dramatically improve cognitive*cognitive*
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Research at the Psychology Department at the University of Florida is the first to show a positive connection between such activities and working memory. Tracy Alloway an associate professor at the university said that “improving working memory can have a beneficial effect on so many areas in our life, and it’s exciting to see that proprioceptive activities can enhance it in such a short period of time”. Proprioception is the awareness of body positioning and orientation, and it is associated with working memory.
The results of the study was concluded by testing this observation. The results showed that all participants had increased their working memory capacity by 50% after two hours of physical activities that involved climbing trees, walking and crawling on a beam, barefoot running, navigating around obstacles, and lifting and carrying awkwardly weighed objects.