Running barefoot makes you smarter and increases memory
Do you know running barefoot can improve your memory and makes you smarter? According to the study done in University of North Florida in the US, running barefoot improves our ability to recall things easily and improves cognitive skills. Improving memory helps us to achieve best in our life span, would it be school, college or office.
The study was done on 72 participants aged between 18 and 44, who ran both barefoot and with their shoes, at self-selected pace for 16 minutes. Working memory was measured before and after running. In the result, the researchers found significant increase (approximately 16 %) in the working memory in the barefoot running. And there was not increment in working memory when running with Shoes on.
“If we take off our shoes and go for a run, we can finish smarter than when we started”- said a researcher from the University of North Florida.
Because we need more attention and intensive use of working memory while running barefoot in order to avoid stepping a hurtful object using precise foot placement, we require more use of working memory. Intensive use of working memory with accuracy and predictions, associated with barefoot running thus results in smarter and efficient memory.