If you’d like to learn a new language but have struggled in the past, you might be interested to know that walking can give your learning abilities a big boost. Studies show that the hippocampus, the part of the brain that’s responsible for learning and memory, grows as you exercise and become fitter. Other research even suggests even show that walking while learning a language makes it easier to pick up new vocabulary and retain information.
So why not use your walking time to learn a language via a free app like Duolingo? Simply plug in your headphones and go! Some other language apps that offer entirely hands-free learning include Pimsleur, FluentU, and Rosetta Stone.
Or, to find out more about how you could benefit from language learning, you might want to check out point nine of our article here. And to help you decide which language to learn, have a read our articles 9 most spoken languages that are useful to learn, and 6 languages that are easier for English speakers to learn.
If you’re not particularly interested in learning a language, you could consider using your walking time to learn something else. The benefits that walking has on memory and retention apply regardless of what it is that you’re learning.
For example, you might want to learn about stocks and trading, listen to educational podcasts, or find out more about health and nutrition. Whatever you decide to learn, you might find that walking while listening makes holding onto new information much easier.
To find out more about how walking and exercise can benefit learning, have a read of our new article, How exercise can lead to better brain health.