For people who are recently worried about their memory loss
The key to re-energize your brain lies in your fingertips.
In this article we will introduce the relationship between the fingertips and the brain, and simple finger exercises you can do on your leisure time.
How to exercise your fingers to stimulate working memory and reduce memory loss
- Why does your memory improve when you exercise your fingers?
- Finger exercises 〜 Beginner level 〜
- Finger exercises〜Advanced level〜
Why does your memory improve when you exercise your fingers?
People who mainly use their fingers for work, such as a programmer or pianist, are said to have a slower aging brain compared to others.
What’s the relationship between your fingertips and your brain.
The brain’s memory functions in 2 ways
The brain’s memory functions is divided int to long term memory and short term memory (working memory).
Long term memory refers to memory that can’t be easily forgotten, such as meaning of words, and how to ride a bicycle. These memories are repeatedly called up, making the brain strongly memorize them. This type of memory also is said to have unlimited capacity.
On the other hand, short term memory refers to memory that is easily forgotten, such as the name of the person you just met, or a phone number you only need to remember to make one call. This is a type of memory, also called “working memory”, is temporarily preserved information and can only memorize about 7 things for about 20 seconds.
The relationship between the brain and fingers
Have you ever heard of the word “Hippocampus?”. The hippocampus is a part of the limbal cortex of the brain, and controls memory. Information that enters the brain first goes through the hippocampus, and is decided if it should be memorized or not. The frontal lobe, the area which gives commands from the information given, also works with the hippocampus to make the decision. Fine movements of the fingers such as holding something with your fingertips is called precise grasping. Since precise grasping requires high leveled and fine commands, the frontal lobe is highly stimulated during these movements.
Therefore, by using your fingers and making the frontal lobe give orders, the hippocampus, which works along with the frontal lobe, is stimulated, helping out your memory.
Finger exercises 〜 Beginner level 〜
１．Create and L shape with your index finger and thumb with both hands, make your right hand index finger touch your left hand thumb, and create a “camera shutter” shape.
２．Spin your hand while keeping your right hand index finger and left hand thumb together, and make your left hand index finger and right hand thumb come together.
Finger exercises〜Advanced level〜
１．Spread both hands out and make them face you
２．Fold your right hand thumb as if counting something. At the same time, fold the thumb and index finger of your left hand.
３．Fold your right hand index finger, and at the same time fold your left hand middle and ring finger.
４．As the explanation above, fold one finger with your right hand while folding two fingers with your left hand.
Looking at your every day life, there are not a lot of opportunities to use all of your fingers thoroughly. But it turns out that your fingers are a body part that is most connected to your brains memory function.
Therefore, it can be said that people who can precisely control their finger movements are also able to control their brain as well.
If you’re worried about memory loss, try emphasizing on using your fingers, and stimulate your brain.
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