Do you fear that dementia may be something you will develop in the future? Do you fear of you might develop Alzheimer’s disease in the future? Did you know that by walking more each week you can actually lower the chances of acquiring both of these illnesses?
As we age our brains naturally become smaller. As our brains become smaller, our memory begins to suffer. This memory loss can begin as just a small absent mindlessness that can be a bit annoying. Yet, as we continue to age this absent mindlessness can turn into full blown dementia and even into Alzheimer’s disease.
Now a new study has shown that there is a way we can protect our brain now and help to slow down this shrinkage. We can do this simply by walking. All we need to do is make sure we walk at least 6 miles every week, and this will slow down the aging process of our brain thereby slowing down the shrinkage process and slowing down the process of memory loss.
This study was done by the University of Pittsburgh. They tracked two groups of older people for a period of nine years. The group of older people who walked on average of 6 to 9 miles a week showed a much higher amount of brain mass than the group that walked shorter distances. This meant that the group that walked more had a lower about of brain shrinkage, thus had a greater chance of brain memory.
Does walking 6 miles a week sound like a daunting task to you? Consider breaking it down in periods of time or better yet place a pedometer on you as you are going about your daily chores (or shopping chores). You may be surprised at how many steps or miles you can clock without even realizing it. Now think about how each step can help your brain. Think about how it can help you keep your memory intact a bit longer. Does it sound a bit doable now?
How else can you protect your brain from dementia?
• Engage yourself socially to keep both your mind and body active
• Exercise your entire body, this includes adding weight bearing exercise to your routines
• Eat a diet filled with a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables
• Exercise your mind, you may even want to try memory exercsises
Early Show, CBS