Brisk walking can make brain capacity bigger
Everyone already knows that walking is healthy, especially in the morning when it can make the body fit while eliminating stress. It turns out that there are more benefits of walking. Recent studies reveal that a healthy walk can also increase the capacity of the brain associated with memory.
Researchers reveal that brisk walking three times a week can increase the capacity of the brain called the hippocampus. This section deals with memory and is the first area to be damaged when exposed to Alzheimer’s. Not only that, the researcher also explained that the brain’s capacity makes brain younger by two years.
The results were obtained after researchers did observations on 120 men and women aged 55 to 80 years. Participants were asked to walk around for 40 minutes three times a week. Normally, the brain shrinks with age. But the habit of walking causes the hippocampus actually grew two percent greater, this is as reported by the Daily Mail.
Uniquely, this only applies to brisk walking. Strenuous exercise is not enough to help the brain to develop. This was known by researchers after asking other participants to do strenuous exercise for one year. As a result, parts of the hippocampus remains to shrink as much as 1.5 percent.
Lead researcher Dr Krik Erickson of the University of Pittsburgh explains that although walking is not the only healthy way to prevent brain diseases, but this method can be used to maintain the health of the brain, especially the hippocampus. Dr. Erickson also suggested that people combines moderate exercise like walking with brain games such as puzzles, chess, and others.
If you want your brain to stay young and healthy, as well as increase memory capacity, do not hesitate to get used to doing a healthy walk every day. A psychologist from the University of Illinois , Elizabeth Stine-Morrow, explained that it is never too late to start. You can make changes to your brain health as early as possible.
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