Does walking help keep my mind sharp?
In a study conducted at the University of Michigan in 2008, researchers found that cognitive/short term memory improved by almost 20% after a walk in a natural environment. When looking at the reasons why, they concluded that being in a natural environment requires less of our immediate reactive attention: no cars to look out for, streets to cross, or police sirens in the distance to distract. Being in nature allows us to look where we want and let our minds wander if need be, providing the reset we so desperately need.
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