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Research Says Tree Climbing Improves Your Memory

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A recent study from the University of North Florida found that tree climbing can improve your cognitive skills.

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Research Says Tree Climbing Improves Your Memory

  1. 1. RESEARCHSAYS TREECLIMBING IMPROVESYOURMEMORY
  2. 2. Arecentstudyfrom theUniversityofNorthFloridafoundthat treeclimbingcanimproveyourcognitiveskills Thisfactwasdiscoveredwhenresearchersweretestingthelinkbetween proprioceptivelydemandingtraining&workingmemory. Proprioceptionisyourawarenessofyourbodyorientation&positioning.
  3. 3. Proprioceptionishowyouareabletotypeonakeyboard withoutlookingatyourhandsorgrabyourcupofcoffee withouttakingyoureyesofftheroad Yourworkingmemoryisyourshortterm memorythatyouusetomakeconnections andmanagemultiplestreamsofinformationinthemomentduringanactivity. Theclassicexampleofworkingmemoryisdoingamathproblem inyourhead withoutusingapenandpaper.
  4. 4. Thestudyfoundthatactivitieswhichfocusedon bodyorientation&atleastoneothervariable suchaslocomotionornavigation improvedworkingmemoryby50%
  5. 5. Youmaybeasking, “Whatdoesclimbingtreeshavetodowithit?” Treeclimbingincludesalloftheseessentialelements.Whenyouclimbatreeyouare choosingwhichbranchtograb,youarephysicallymovingfrom onelocationto anotherandyouareusingproprioceptiontomakesurethatyoudon’tfalloutofthe treeorbumpyourhead. ThiscombinThiscombinationofmultitaskingandreal-timeproblem solvingmakestreeclimbing aperfecttrainingregimenforyourworkingmemory.
  6. 6. Paststudieshavealreadyestablishedthat workingmemoryiscrucialtosportsperformance Thisisbecauseathleticperformancereliesonyourabilitytojudgedistance, appropriateforce&jointalignment. Workingmemoryiscrucialformanagingthesevariables.Workingmemoryalso affectsreading,multitasking,learning,reasoning&mentalhealth. WhileitisclearthWhileitisclearthatworkingmemorysupportsperformanceinproprioceptively demandingactivitiesliketreeclimbingitwasnotclearwhethertheseactivitieshadan effectonworkingmemory.Nowweknowit’satwowaystreet.
  7. 7. Likeanygoodstudytheresearchersusedcontrolgroupsto isolatevariablesthatwouldpotentiallyaffectworkingmemory Neitherofthecontrolgroupsclimbedtreesatanypointduringthestudy. Thefirstgroupwasaclassroom ofstudentsthattheytestedbeforeandaftera lecture.Thiswasdonetoseeiftheactoflearningorengaginginmentallydemanding activitieswouldincreaseworkingmemory. Theclassdidnotsignificantlyimprovetheirworkingmemory.
  8. 8. Researchersalsowantedtodetermineifsolelyfocusingonbody orientation&positioningwouldincreaseworkingmemory Thesecondcontrolgroupwasayogaclass.Theychoseyogabecause,itisa proprioceptiveactivityandbecause,otherscientificstudieshaveestablishedthatyoga hasmanybenefitsbeyondincreasingflexibilityandstrength.Researchhasfoundthat yogacanimproveyourattentionandpreventinjury. DespitethoseotherbenefitsDespitethoseotherbenefitsthecontrolgroupdidnotfindsignificantimprovements inworkingmemoryafterdoingyoga.
  9. 9. Thelackofimprovementinthecontrolgroupsdemonstratesthatyou cannotseparatethesefactors &stillgainthebenefitsinworkingmemory Youwon’timproveyourworkingmemoryonlybyworkingoutyourbrainandyou alsowon’timproveyourworkingmemorybyonlyfocusingonbodyawareness.
  10. 10. Eventhoughthisstudyprovidedabountyofinsightstherearestilla lotofunansweredquestions It’sstillunclearwhetherclimbingtreesfordifferentlengthsoftimeaffectsthedegree ofimprovementinyourworkingmemory. It’salsounclearwhethertreeclimbingaffectsdifferenttypesofmemorysuchas spatial,verbalorvisualmemory.
  11. 11. Nowthatyouknowtreeclimbingcanhelpyourememberwhereyou leftyourkeys,howcanyoutakeadvantageofthisknowledge withouttheriskofbreakingyourneck? Ifthetreeinyourbackyarddoesn’thaveenoughbranchesyoucanbuyan ArborealTreeClimbingSystem andoutfityourbackyardwithenvironmentallyfriendlyclimbingholds. YYoucanevenbuyaUniversalMountsoyoucansetupatopropeandsafelybelay yourfamilyupanddownyournewroute.

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