Smart Walking for Seniors

Once again there is good news about walking as an exercise,  which could be especially good for us seniors.  The newest information I read about this exercise is too good not to share.  That’s right.

For those of you who find it difficult to get exercise, ten minutes of mild exercise can benefit the brain by creating new cells and improve memory. This is certainly worth trying instead of being sedentary.  The exercise does not have to be intense either.  Are you feeling better about my news already?  I thought you would.  Although some of the tests referred to in the article were done on animals, it turns out that past studies also have shown that people with a larger, healthier hippocampus (essential for memory creation and storage) exercise regularly.

Not convinced?  Another study was conducted again by scientist on college students. This time the exercise was done for 10 minutes on bicycles at a gentle pace. It was very easy, according to the article. The students were given computerized memory test immediately after slow pedaling.  Then the students were given the same sequence on the bikes for 10 minutes; however, the testing took place inside an MRI machine, where their brains could be scanned.
After comparing the results, the memories of the students showed that they were able to recall images better after they had ridden the bike. Long story short:  the scientists concluded that exercise can change  our brains and minds immediately – for the better – without weeks of exercise, and it does not have to be intense.  In my book, this is perfect for senior citizens.

Why don’t you try a stroll? This is a perfect time of year to put on your walking shoes and improve your memory, while enjoying the scenery.
Read more details at the source:  New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds

 

 

 

 

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