Who could have guessed that a series of exercises developed thousands of years ago to develop the mind, body and spirit could possibly help people learn to function in a highly computerized world?
The science journal known as Technology published the results of a study by a group of University of Minnesota researchers. The researchers studied two groups of people; one group of 12 people who practiced yoga exercises in one-hour sessions twice a week for a year while the other group consisting of 24 people did not practice yoga or had very little exposure to it. All of the participants were both physically and mentally healthy.
Both groups of people participated in an activity that required them to use both their right and left hands to move a marker around various points of a computer monitor screen. The researchers reported that the group who regularly practiced yoga were able to learn as much as three times as fast as the group members who did not practice yoga. The group members that practiced yoga were also twice as likely to complete their tasks. The study consisted of thirty trial runs of this activity in order to weed out fluke performances.
The researchers believe that their findings may be able to help paralyzed and physically disabled people become proficient with computerized devices. It could also be possible that exposing young children to yoga exercises will help prepare them mentally for learning to use computers.
By itself it tastes very bitter, over half of Americans drink it every day and it just might prevent people from developing Tinnitus. It’s coffee and it is not just for waking up anymore… maybe.
A recent news article found on WebMD suggests that women who drank more coffee than their peers appeared to be less likely to develop Tinnitus than women who drank less coffee or did not drink any coffee at all. Tinnitus is a condition which causes a persistent buzzing or ringing sound in their ear(s). The researchers studied over 60,000 women between the ages of 30 and 44 years old. None of these women had Tinnitus when the study began in 1991. Over the next 18 years 5,300 of these women developed Tinnitus.
The researchers found that the women who consumed as much as 450mg to 600 mg of caffeine on most days were less likely to develop Tinnitus. In fact, the women who drank less than 150 mg of caffeine appeared to be 15% more likely to experience symptoms of Tinnitus. 150 mg of caffeine is equal to approximately 12 ounces of coffee.
According to the August, 2014 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, most of the caffeine consumed by these women came from coffee. As of now it is not understood why caffeine could possibly inhibit the development of Tinnitus. It is known that caffeine can impact both the central nervous system and the inner ear. The researchers caution that this study does not prove that caffeine inhibits Tinnitus and that more studies will need to be conducted.
Do you remember the days of having a dozen sticky notes attached to your computer monitor, your calendar or even your desk and window frame? If you needed a certain tidbit of information you would have to hunt for the right sticky note and hopefully you found it without wasting too much time. If you even found it at all.
Fortunately we have our smartphones and tablets synced to the cloud so we can see our notes on any manner of devices ranging from desktop computers to smart televisions. Of course, now we have a problem with fumbling for the right app to take notes, hoping it doesn’t crash and even worse- trying to remember where we saved that note and which app we used to record it. Sometimes we have to wonder if we are truly saving time with the high-tech approach to taking notes!
With all of this in mind it seems like a good idea to quickly go over five of the best note-taking applications available in the Windows Phone app store. The focus will be on note-taking applications that focus on simplicity of use and speed (preferably a good balance of both.) These applications are presented in no particular order (We never really thought ranking things in numerical order was accurate or useful.)
Evernote- This app offers a variety of features such as taking photos to include in your notes and even using your device’s voice recorder to add audio. You can also make lists and enable the notes themselves to be searched.
OneNote- The note-taking program Microsoft offers for Windows 8. It is very powerful and versatile but also a bit complicated for people who need to find and edit a particular note as quickly as possible. This is best used in project management environment and not for taking notes during a professor or supervisor’s presentation. This app offers dictation which translates your speech into readable text.
Hurry Notes- This is the note-taking app for those with a need for some speed. The app is very fast to download thanks to its small file size and more importantly- it opens very quickly compared to bulkier applications. You can get to writing down that phone number or quote price right away and if you need to delete something just swipe the screen. The lined paper background is actually quite useful in keeping lists neat and easy to read.
My Notes- this is a popular note taking app that is functional but not as useful in a high speed situation. While the app lets you do lots of things it can be easy to lose track of a specific file and have to hunt for it in the menu system.
Note+- A note-taking app that is noted for a beautiful interface and relatively simple design. This one is very functional but also not focused on speed note-taking. Some users have complained of losing data after the device goes through a hard reset.
Remember that note-taking apps are best judged by an individual’s needs. Some require a full-featured application while others prefer raw speed and simplicity. This is why it is important to do your research and make your decision based on the kind of application you need and not what others tell you to get.
In most discussions about health, wellness and our personal futures there is a particular subject that is almost guaranteed to make most people uncomfortable- our mental health and ability to function when we reach our twilight years. It is an understandable reaction; there is something frightening about the thought of losing our mental faculties and not being in complete control of ourselves. There are countless activities and choices we can make today to improve our physical health in later years but is there anything we can do to make certain we will enjoy good mental health as we get older?
Well, there just might be. It turns out that practicing hatha yoga a few times per week could lead to significant boosts in senior citizens’ cognitive abilities. A study featured well over one hundred people ranging in age from 55 years old to 79 years old. Nearly half of these people attended hatha yoga classes while the rest of the people took classes for stretching exercises. After taking their respective classes for an eight week period everybody was brought in to take a series of tests that gauged the participants’ ability to recall information, moving from performing one task to another and mental flexibility.
As you might expect, the group that was taking hatha yoga classes showed improvements in all of these areas while the group engaged in regular stretching exercises did not show any signs of improvement. Participants in the yoga classes were able to complete their tasks more quickly and with fewer instances of distraction than their counterparts. The researchers behind the study pointed out that there were no significant differences between the two groups of subjects other than the one group participating in hatha yoga classes.
What is it about hatha yoga that allows people to develop such major increases in their cognitive abilities? Hatha yoga can be described as a series of exercises involving meditation, breathing and moving one’s body in a variety of stances. A typical user must move his or her body through these assorted stances in a controlled manner while maintaining their breathing at a relaxed rate.
Hatha Yoga has already been determined to be helpful to our bodies and minds in a number of different ways. For example, studies conducted earlier have shown that yoga can lower stress levels, aid in moving on from depression and reducing physical anxiety. It is known that both stress and anxiety can impact our abilities to concentrate and think critically. With this in mind it is worth considering that regular participation in yoga exercises could possibly prevent the deterioration of our crucial mental functions.
It should be pointed out that there are obviously no guarantees in life. However, it appears that regular participation in yoga exercises not only provides benefits now but also helps condition us for happy and functional lives when we are older.
This is the best example of a fake newscaster voice I’ve ever heard. I saw this video and thought it was so funny I had to share it. The guy in the video is from Toronto and test driving a 2011 BMW. In the beginning of the video he does say that he’s testing out a new vocal pattern so I guess it’s OK.
Check out the 2011 BMW 3 Series Test Drive and Review:
Thinking about getting a Microsoft Surface Pro 3? Or may be your are in the market for a MacBook Air. Check out this video comparing both products. Very unbiased review and thorough. Great review!
Comparison Video Surface Pro3 vs. MacBook Air:
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