Jeanne Tripplehorn 06.10.1963

Extend Your Stroll, Expand Your Memory

This just in from the New York Times Health beat: regular walking can actually expand the hippocampus.

 Researchers at the University of Pittsburg found that among sedentary men and women, those who walked for 40 minutes, three times a week had a 2% increase in the size of their hippocampus (on average).  For those who didn’t walk,  the hippocampus shrank about 1%. And these weren’t 20-somethings: the average age of participants was 60. Walkers also improved their performance on memory tasks more than non-walkers. Something to think about the next time you’re debating between taking that stroll or sitting on the couch.

Check out Paula Span’s column for more info and links to the study.

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3 Responses to “Extend Your Stroll, Expand Your Memory”

  1. Beth says:

    If I start walking can you promise I will look that good in white jeans?

  2. admin says:

    I had a feeling someone would comment on this picture…and I don’t blame you. I sure hope the extra walking will let me look better in any color pants, but especially white. I guess we’ll have to try it out! Thanks for reading!

  3. Abby says:

    I guess getting a high energy dog who needs LOTS of exercise was the best thing I could have done for my brain. I find it much harder to not walk him every day than I do to skip the gym. Or maybe I need a gym that barks and starts tearing stuff up when I neglect it.

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