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WINDSOR, CO, USA, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015: Morning walk on Poudre River Trail - paved bike trail extending more than 20 miles between Timnath and Greeley.

Recent medical research has revealed that regular walking has a restorative effect on the aging brain of seniors.

Clinical Proof That Walking Reverses Age-Related Brain Deterioration

A clinical study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1) was focused on a one year intervention trial where older adults who were engaging in walking had their brain functions measured and then compared to control groups that engaged in other forms of exercise, or had no organized walking program. The results are nothing short of amazing, as the walking group alone demonstrated a net increase in the efficiency of the connections within the brain’s structures which had been previously deteriorated by age and disease!

A Regular Walking Program May Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease!

It is thoroughly amazing to learn that seniors who had participated in a walking program for a year actually began to reverse the degradation of their brain structures, leading to improved cognition, memory, multitasking, motion, and overall thought processes: the precise functions which are devastated by the effects of aging! This study points to the conclusion that the 21st century’s sedentary lifestyles may have to share a fair amount of the blame for the advent of dementia in senior citizens, and that the cure can be a regular, vigorous, and consistent walking program!

Walking 3 Times A Week For 40 Minutes Is All It Takes!

Many seniors shy away from exercise programs as they can see them as overly exhausting. That is why it is so important that the Urbana-Champaign researchers found that walking at a normal pace for just 40 minutes three times per week was able to provide these remarkable levels of healthful effects on the brain.

Walking Outperformed Other Exercises In Improving Brain Function!

Remarkably, seniors who engaged in walking showed various beneficial brain results which were not shared by a group who engaged in other forms of exercise. Walking was found to be the number one way to keep your brain healthy!

The study also found that the greatest beneficial effects were found in seniors who engaged in the walking program for a minimum of one year, demonstrating that it is imperative that older Americans commit to an established and enduring dedication to walking in order to preserve their physical and mental health.

Walking Rejuvenates Your Brain!

It is common knowledge that a dynamic walking program can help maintain physiological fitness, and this study is proving that it can also not only maintain mental fitness, but actually improve it! So in order to rejuvenate your brain, all you have to do is to take it for a walk!

1) Voss MW, Prakash RS, Erickson KI, et al. Plasticity of brain networks in a randomized intervention trial of exercise training in older adults. Front Aging Neurosci. 2010 Aug 26;2. pii: 32.

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  • http://www.barefootprofessor.com Daniel Howell

    I recently participated in a documentary for the Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) in which they looked at this very question. One segment of the program examined whether walking *barefoot* was better for your intelligence than walking shod. I have a copy of the program, but unfortunately I can't understand their science or conclusions because it's all in Korean!! Anyway, I like to think that walking barefoot has made me smarter!

  • http://www.americaspodiatrist.com Dr. Nirenberg

    Daniel – I have a neighbor from Seoul, so if you want to send the program to me at my office, I could ask him to translate. Please include your return address so I can send it back. Thanks for the comment!!