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.
I must admit, the aging process is a little intimidating. Sometimes, when you least expect it, a body part, that was ok in the morning, all of a sudden is hurting later on that same day. It’s that ‘wake-up call’, which then becomes a part of your daily life (chronic pain, osetoarthritis, knee pains and the like).
Is your memory is ‘slipping’ ? You can’t recall where you put an item down, or why you came upstair? Needless to say, it’s an adjustment. Nevertheless, willy-nilly these changes are all part of an ongoing aging process. That’s why I want to share with you a tool, which AARP has available for seniors and those approaching ‘senior-hood’. It’s called the ‘Staying Sharp Brain Health Assessment’.
Why don’t you take a ‘Leap’ and try it out by clicking the link below.
- Better Brain Health Starts Here. Subscribe and take the Brain Health Assessment to get your Brain Health Score and a detailed report that will provide insight into how your brain works and how your lifestyle supports important cognitive functions like memory and focus. Then, get started on your personalized recommendations for fun ways to create simple habits that can help you improve and maintain brain health over time.
Source: AARP Staying Sharp Brain Health Assessment