Memory: Walk or Lose It

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By Staff Reports

(DGIwire)– One of the biggest age related health concerns today is the loss of memory.  The National Institute on Aging estimates that between 2.4 to 5.1 million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.  Alzheimer’s slowly destroys memory and cognitive skills and is considered irreversible.  Although experts are unsure about the cause(s), there are now several studies that have shown regular walking to have a preventive effect.

Brain size shrinks with age, which can result in memory problems.  Researchers from the University of Pittsburg, PA found that people who walked between 6 and 9 miles per week maintained more brain volume than those that didn’t walk as much.  They also found that the walkers cut their risk of memory problems by 50%.

In another study from the University of Melbourne in Australia, researchers found that walking just 20 minutes daily resulted in better cognitive and recall function.

“People often feel that more strenuous exercise is needed for optimal health but both these studies prove that moderate activity, particularly walking is very beneficial to our brain function as well as our bodies.  This should not be surprising.  Walking is a natural human activity and is built into our genetic structure.  It is our normal mode of locomotion.  We have walked the earth for hundreds-of-thousands of years and it is most likely an activity we require for optimal health, just as much as air, water and food,” according to Tom Griesel, co-author of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust.

Studies of populations around the world that are statistically healthier and live longer than we here in America and the world in general, have consistently found walking to be a common factor.  These people do not have regular exercise or running regimens but rather spend much of their time in regular, everyday moderate activities, particularly walking.  They also do not suffer the same incidence or Alzheimer’s or other chronic diseases.

Tom Griesel adds, “It may be time for us to consider a recommended daily allowance (RDA) for walking, much like we do for food, vitamins and minerals to help us live a long, healthy and disease-free life.”

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