I do as many things as I can to keep my brain healthy, sharp, and active.
That includes crossword puzzles, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and smart supplementation.
Plus, I’m always willing to add things to my routine if they may give my brain a BOOST.
Because, there are many simple things we can all do to support our cognitive health.
In fact, researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health recently revealed how a common habit may stave off the most dreaded brain disease of all…
One step at a time
A new study shows just how beneficial regular walks are to the aging brain.
Over time, brain networks become disconnected. As a result, some folks lose their ability to think clearly, recall items, or remember things. (These are also risk factors of dementia and Alzheimer’s.)
But researchers found regular bouts of exercise—even in the form of a leisurely walk—can strengthen these connections.
Subjects aged 70 to 85 were instructed to walk on a treadmill four days weekly for three weeks, totaling 12 “walking” days.
Some participants had normal brain function, whereas others were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (defined as a slight decline in memory, reasoning, and judgment).
Well, that short amount of time revealed some pretty astounding results…
Researchers found that the regular walkers experienced stronger connections throughout their brain networks—including a pathway that, when weak, holds a link to Alzheimer’s. They also showcased better recall abilities.
This suggests that regular exercise can safeguard, enhance, and potentially restore cognitive function.
It’s never too late to start
Ultimately, this adds to the growing body of evidence which shows incorporating some movement into your daily routine can enhance cognitive health—and potentially delay the onset of dementia.
In my view, what makes this newest study so compelling is how researchers measured the changes in communication between three distinct brain networks that control cognitive function.
They looked at recall—such as asking participants to read a short story before and after exercise, and then having them repeat the narrative with as much detail as possible—as well as functional MRI testing.
The bottom line?
It appears we can change how our brains work with just a little bit of physical effort. So, if you aren’t already a regular walker, I encourage you to add a leisurely stroll to your daily routine.
Walk along the beach or boardwalk on your next vacation… in a local park or shopping center… or even around your own backyard at different times of day, admiring the beauty of nature.
For more simple ways to protect and restore memory, strengthen focus, and fight dementia, check out my online learning tool, my Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment Plan. Click here to learn more!
“Regular walks help older adults improve brain connectivity, fight off Alzheimer’s.” StudyFinds, 05/26/2023. (studyfinds.org/walking-improve-brain-alzheimers/)