Great news walking enthusiasts; not only does walking help keep the aging body limber, but it keeps the mind just as supple as well!
This was uncovered in a recent study by a team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their findings showed that walking can actually boost the connectivity within brain circuits, which tends to diminish as grey hair multiplies.
The study tracked 70 adults aged 60 to 80 years old over the course of a year. A toning, stretching, strengthening group served as a control against which to evaluate the previously sedentary walkers.
The team then used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine networks in the participants' brain. It was found that the aerobic group also improved in memory, attention and a variety of other cognitive processes.
So, don’t wait until you’re 60 to start walking more…start today! In fact, experts advise a minimum of 75 minutes of walking a week, less we fall into the disease of sitting down!
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