Walking can help improve memory


February 1, 2011

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has revealed that walking may produce serious benefits for memory function, according to LiveScience.com.

"With a limited investment of time and effort you can produce fairly dramatic improvements in memory and brain health," senior researcher Arthur Kramer told the news provider. "You can roll back the clock about two years."

Researchers evaluated a group of 120 healthy older adults who led a sedentary lifestyle between the age of 50 and 80. One group walked for 40 minutes three times a week, while the other continued their normal, daily routines.

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After six and 12 months, researchers conducted scans of each participant's brain. They noticed a marked improvement in the size of the hippocampus – the part of the brain responsible for long-term memory – among the exercise group.

Another study found that walking can significantly reduce a person's risk for developing Alzheimer's Disease, according to RedOrbit.com.