May 4th, 2012
There have been many studies that support the benefits of regular exercise for overall health and wellness. Well, a 2011 study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign showed that the simple act of walking three times each week improved memory. In study participants that gave up a sendentary life to begin walking, a section of the brain related to memory actually grew in size. That’s right….that part of the brain grew! How?…by simply walking!
Aerobic exercise seems to reduce brain atrophy in early-stage Alzheimer’s patients, and that walking leads to slight improvement on mental tests among older people with memory problems.
Here is an article on the topic that ran in the Health section of US News last year: