Old age makes your more forgetful, right? Wrong!
A Trending Machine national study has found that older people are actually less forgetful than younger people — way less. When comparing 18 to 34 year olds to those 55+, younger people were more likely to forget:
- what day it is
- where they put their keys
- if they took a shower or not (EWWW!!)
…amongst other things in their daily lives.
So, how about a little sharpening of your memory to keep it in tip top shape? There’s no need to invest in any apps or expensive gadgets because these four things are super easy to do!
1. Doodle away
Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario found that participants who looked at a list of simple words were able to remember them better when they were asked to make drawings inspired by the words, rather than write them down repeatedly. The doodlers remembered about twice as many words as those who were asked to wrote them down. The researchers believe that this is because drawing words out involves a set of diverse networks or brain regions, which builds a stronger memory for each word remembered. It involves visual imagery, characteristic development and coordination to put it all down on paper.
2. Stretch…your mind
A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that yoga isn’t just good for your body, it’s also good to boost your memory. Visual-spatial memory, in particular, was noted to be especially improved. That means do a little yoga, and you’ll remember where you left those keys!
3. Get grounded
You know that exercise is good for you, but you’ve got to take off those shoes and go barefoot if you want your memory to reap the benefits. A study of runners found that those who ran barefoot, and hit targets along their route, experienced about 16% improvement in their working memory.
But going barefoot isn’t the only thing you need to do. The key is to not shut down or tune out while you run, but pay attention while you run and avoid anything that would hurt your feet. This focus is what will give your body, and brain, a workout at the same time.
4. Surround yourself in nature
A 2008 study published in Psychological Science found that if you step outside into a parklike environment, surrounded by nature, you may experience an improvement across a number of cognitive functions, with one being memory, too. This is because in nature, you aren’t as bombarded with the stresses of city living, like cars whizzing by, flashing lights and ambulance sirens. The peace allows your mind to relax and recoup.
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