A study published in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, found that engaging in a range of different activities can improve cognitive functioning throughout adulthood. The main focus was seven various activities: paid work, spending time with children, completing chores, participating in leisure time, engaging in leisure activity, volunteering, and giving informal help. For eight days, they asked more than 700 adults how often they participated in those activities. They were also asked to report the diversity and consistency of their engagement in those activities.
10 Years Later
The same participants were assessed ten years later on their cognitive functioning. The assessment examined their working memory span, verbal fluency, attention, speed of processing, reasoning, and verbal memory. The outcome showed that those who had a more spontaneous schedule had higher levels of cognitive functioning than those who stuck to a routine.
Yes, the thought of using more energy, whether it be physical or social after a long day of work, may sound dreadful, but stopping yourself from engaging in social and intellectual experiences can cause a cognitive decline. A diverse lifestyle and a variety of activities are essential for our cognitive health. There is such a wide variety of things to partake in to spice up your life! Take a different route to work, walk, meet new people, join an activity, or a class you always wanted to take. Whatever you do, remember that small breaks and switch-ups in your day to day life will not only ensure you create new memories but also delay the progression of age-related diseases!