As you probably know by now, I’m all for keeping physically active, and for seeking out new ways to challenge yourself when it comes to exercise. And it’s a fact that even just a little bit of movement every day absolutely helps keep you mentally sharp.
But I have to wonder, what were the researchers thinking when they dreamed up this study? It explored the connection between proprioception (the ability to sense your body’s position and balance while in motion) and how it relates to memory, which in and of itself is sensible. But what they put the volunteers through is borderline ridiculous.
Here’s what the study involved:
Adults between the ages of 18 and 59 were tested on their working memory abilities. Next, they participated in dynamic activities, which required them to be consciously aware of their arms and legs, while doing at least one other thing, such as moving in some fashion or planning a route.
The activities included climbing trees, and walking and crawling on a 3-inch wide beam. The participants also ran barefoot, navigated around obstacles, and lifted cumbersome, heavy objects—all while paying attention to their posture.
After two hours, the participants were tested again, to see if there was any improvement in their working memory. The results showed an improvement of 50 percent, which is a dramatic increase.
The research suggests that by doing activities that make us think, we can exercise our bodies as well as our brains. And I certainly don’t disagree with them on that count. But climbing trees? Balancing on beams? I can just imagine the look on my patients’ faces if I suggested either of these strategies for staying mentally sharp.
If you ask me, this is really just one more example of the mainstream grasping at straws for answers to the problem of how to hold on to a declining memory.
But it doesn’t have to be so complicated—or dangerous.
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