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Last Wednesday, I think, I can’t remember, I went to a yoga class. I hadn’t been in a long while, and I knew my exercise might take a toll on me the next day. I am 65. I am now considered a senior citizen. But in the past, my instructor once said something about ‘muscle memory.’ Do you know what that is? If you are like me and are forgetful at times, let me help you recall because I don’t want you to have to think too hard.
The term ‘muscle memory’ has been used synonymously with motor learning. Motor leaning is a form of procedural memory that involves consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition. When a movement is duplicated over time, a long-term ‘muscle memory’ is created for that task. Because of this repetition, the muscle allows it to be performed without conscious effort, decreases the need for attention, and creates maximum efficiency within the motor and memory systems. Examples of this are found in many every day activities that become automatic and improve with practice, such as riding a bike, playing a musical instrument, typing on a keyboard, dancing, or typing in your PIN. My brain, although slowing down, translated the way the yoga pose was supposed to be invoked, but not having done these poses in a while, my muscles were not really prepared to perform perfectly. And yet, I did perform perfectly…awkward.
Uh, where was I going with this? Oh, yeah. I was talking about Wednesday.
Wednesdays used to be great days for Seniors. Grocery stores had 5 percent discount Wednesdays for those over – was it 60? I forgot. Now they have done away with that idea for us old folks on our fixed incomes. Kroger and Publix no longer have discounts days for the elderly. But I guess it could be worse. They still offer BOGO – Buy One Get One Free. You know what that really means, right? You do not have to purchase two of the same item for BOGO. Should you purchase just one, they will half the price, except in Florida, I am told, and I hope I am remembering to repeat that correctly. Because of the elderly single population in Florida, it is not profitable for Kroger or other stores to offer BOGO. They don’t make the profit off of just one item like they can with the BOGO plan.
These days, because I am forgetful, I make a list to take to the grocery store. But sometimes I forget to bring the list from home because I can’t remember where I put the grocery list and then I’ll have to try to remember what the items were that I was supposed to buy. So these days after I make my list, I alphabetize them to help me remember (supposedly) should that happen.
Let’s say I need bread, milk, lettuce, cokes, cookies, and potatoes. I’d list them in alphabetical order to remember them: bread, cokes, cookies, lettuce, milk, and potatoes. I just know I will forget those big and hard-to-spell alphabetical words, so to help me, I make a ‘plan B.’ I shorten the list to b,c,c,l,m,p. And then I sometimes make a sort of anagram: bcclamp (bread, cookies, cokes, lettuce, and milk, potatoes).
Well, if still I still need more help, I create a be-bop song in my head. You know how you can remember the words to songs from decades before even if you haven’t heard them in a long time? That’s because words set to music helps to build memory. I read that somewhere in my education courses but I can’t tell you where.
No, really. I can’t tell you.
I might sing (and I sing this out loud, mind you, but softly to myself) B-cclamp, cclamp, cclamp, cclamp.
It has a nice beat. Like on “American Bandstand”, I’d give it a “6”. Or maybe a “7”. I don’t remember.