Increase your attention and working memory by going for a walk.
Let’s look at a study conducted by Canadian and U.S. researchers who wanted to examine the effect of nature walks on the mood of severely depressed people. This study offered some interesting results.
For the first session, 20 participants were sent for an hour-long walk in a quiet park. One week later, the same individuals were sent for an hour-long walk in a noisy urban setting. Prior to the walks as well as after the walks, the depressed participants had to complete several mental tests to measure their attention, memory and mood.
Now to the results… Both walks (nature and urban setting) improved the participants’ mood significantly. It does not seem to matter much whether you go for a stroll in the park or along a busy street.
However, going for a walk in the park increases attention and working memory by 16% compared to an urban walk.
So if you want to get the most benefits, choose a quiet nature walk over a walk in the city.