Researchers have measured the benefits of activities like tree climbing. They found that the perception of movement as you use your mind to navigate through the tree, and operate your hands and muscles while climbing, has tremendous effects on your cognitive abilities. The improvement in working memory is one of the skills they measured to have marked improvement.
Read more at Time.com.
For those who like a more technical discussion, read about it at Psychology Today.
As a G.O.T.C. Recognized Facilitator & Master Instructor, I.S.A. Board Certified Master Arborist, and T.C.I.A. Certified Treecare Safety Professional, Curt has spent over 30 years dedicated to the study and care of trees.