Jeanne Tripplehorn 06.10.1963

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Extend Your Stroll, Expand Your Memory

2.7.11

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.