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HealthTip of the Week…

Super Charge Walking Benefits
Our Feature article below on walking is good, common sense.  To super charge the benefits of adding walking to your healthy lifestyle, consider the other common sense lifestyle approaches to good health.
Having a healthy nervous system, plenty of good-clean water, adequate rest, proper nutrition and a healthy mindset all contribute to your health.

Brisk Walking Good for the Mind and Memory! 
According to a new study recently published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, adults over 65 that routinely take brisk walks can boost their brain power for better memory function.
The study found that seniors who walked briskly at least three times weekly not only achieved better results on memory tests, but also increased the size of the area of the brain associated with memory.
Simple, moderate exercise has been found to reduce the loss of brain volume and, therefore, that aging can be delayed and possibly even reversed.  Because brain shrinkage is linked to memory impairment in the elderly, exercise could now be considered to play a significant lifestyle role in preventing dementia. Lead study author Kirk Erickson said, "we can change the brain in older adults."
He went on to explain, "it's amazing that a one-year period of moderate exercise isn't just slowing down the atrophy [of the brain], it's actually reversing it."
The study subjects were divided into two groups:  one received aerobic exercise by walking for 40 minutes, three times weekly, while the other group participated only in stretching and toning exercises.
Findings showed that both groups performed better on a test that is related to how the brain stores information regarding the location of physical objects in space.  However, the most memory improvement was seen in the aerobic exercise group.

The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…The Bottom Line…
The Bottom Line on walking is that the study results "clearly indicate that aerobic exercise is neuroprotective and that starting an exercise regimen later in life is not futile for either enhancing cognition or augmenting brain volume."  It's well known that a good exercise program is beneficial to one's overall health. Now would be a good time to start your own fitness and exercise program to help boost your memory and preserve your general health.


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