Do you want your mind to be at its best and work at 100%? Walk in, dear, what are we asking of you?
It may never have gone through your mind – probably because it was not on your mind – that even your ability to manage situations, remember information, make any knowledge stored for good on the hard drive of your brain, it can be helped by something as simple as walking.
You already know that walking does good to your heart, helps you to lose weight and boosts your mood, but it can also do good to your brain. From preventing dementia to improving your memory, there are several benefits that walking improves the health of your brain. Here are 4 reasons to explain why walking is good for your brain!
1 Walking improves cognitive functions
Do you want to prepare a good breakfast? Do you want to read a book? Guides? Do you have a chat with your friends? All the activities you do require millions of connections between the different parts of the brain. These are the cognitive functions. And exercise is associated with better cognitive functions and a lower risk of dementia. Researchers often study the effects of walking on elderly people who are at risk of dementia. A recent clinical trial shows the benefits of changing lifestyles, including exercise, in preventing cognitive decline. Other research shows that regular exercising can reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia when old.
2 Walking increases blood flow to the brain
Researchers at New Mexico’s Highlands University have found that walking on the ground sends more blood to the brain than standing up, which seems to reverse the process of cellular degeneration associated with aging. Researchers believe that this increase in blood flow to the brain may also be related to “walker euphoria”, which is similar to “runner euphoria”.
3 Walking makes you better in tests
A recent study by UCLA found that seniors who walked more than 4,000 steps a day had thicker sub-regions of the hippocampus, a memory-related brain region, compared to seniors living sedentary lives. Those who walked had better performance in attention tests, information processing speed tests, and skills tests to design and achieve goals than non-walkers. Walking stimulates the development of new synapses (the neuron-connecting areas) and makes the brain cells respond more and more quickly to external stimuli.
4 Walking helps in recovery
Your body recovers from the stress of the day at night as you sleep. Relaxation maximizes cognitive functions. When you don’t get enough sleep, your brain doesn’t fully recover. Exercise facilitates sleep, ensuring better brain recovery at night. A recent British study found that people who, while living sedentary and insomniacs, increased their physical activity to 30 minutes a day by fast walking, improved their sleep.