Walking a few times a week may reverse cognitive decline

December 20, 2018

 


Just 6 months of walking may reverse cognitive decline, study says…Worried about your aging brain? Getting your heart pumping with something as simple as walking or cycling just three times a week seems to improve thinking skills, new research says…The study enrolled 160 adults who had high blood pressure or other risks for cardiovascular disease, who never exercised and who had verified cognitive concerns such as difficulty making decisions, remembering or concentrating. Participants were an average age of 65, two-thirds female and equally divided between whites and minorities…A second group exercised but was not encouraged to diet. For the first three months, this group was supervised at a cardiac rehab facility where they did non-strenuous exercise three times a week: They warmed up for 10 minutes and then did 35 minutes of continuous walking or stationary cycling. During the last three months of the study, this group exercised at home, filling out compliance logs that were monitored by research staff…The group who only exercised saw significantly greater improvements in their executive functioning skills than the group who did no exercise…”
(CNN, December 20, 2018; Source: Neurology, Dec. 19, 2018)

 

In the Book of Acts, Paul chose to walk many miles rather than ride by ship (Acts 20:13). There may have been multiple reasons for his decision, spiritual and physical. Let’s get moving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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