Friday, January 18, 2013
Walk for Your Brain
Did you know that something as simple as walking may help you to be smarter? That's what an fMRI study at the University of Illinois fMRI showed. Walking for 40 minutes three times a week may actually help you to be smarter. Walking at one’s own pace for 40 minutes three times a week was shown to enhance the connectivity of important brain circuits, combat declines in brain function associated with aging, and increase performance on cognitive tasks. The study, originally published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, followed 65 adults (ages 59 to 80) for a year. So unless you're waiting for another hip replacement (as I am) , get moving and walk for your brain. The good news? You don't have to join a gym to walk. The better news? You might get smarter!