Monday, March 31, 2008

Stay Sharp and Write Better Books

I'm notorious for telling friends and family if they try to do too much, they won't do any of it well. Finally, I have something to back up my theory. So in lieu of our Monday Market, I want to share some info that came to us through a newsletter from our insurance company.

Multitasking and Memory Loss
A study at the University of Michigan suggests multitasking could actually be doing us more harm than good. People who spent time stopping and starting tasks took 2 to 4 times longer to complete them. In addition, brain scans showed juggling tasks reduces the brain power available for each. Over time, stress hormones from multitasking can damage memory centers in the brain. Focus on one task at a time for better efficiency and memory.

Walk to Stay Sharp
Walking each day may sharpen your memory and help you juggle mental tasks. In one study reviewed by the National Institutes of health, MRI was used to track the brain activity of healthy adults age 58-78. After a 6-month walking program, brain function, attention span, and focus on goals improved. Light exercise increases blood-flow to the brain and jump starts hormones necessary for nerve cell production. Boost your brain and stay sharp by walking each day.

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