Worried About Your Aging Brain? Go for a Walk!

New research shows walking just three times a week seems to improve thinking skills. How often do you walk or exercise?

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Does your aging brain have you worried? Worry no longer! Apparently walking or cycling just three times a week can improve your thinking skills. Adding a heart-healthy diet on top of this can “shave years off” your brain’s functional age, according to a new study.

“Our operating model was that by improving cardiovascular risk, you’re also improving neurocognitive functioning,” lead study author James Blumenthal said. “You’re improving brain health at the same time as improving heart health.”

Dr. Richard Isaacson, who directs the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine told CNN, “Many experts are already convinced about the benefits of lifestyle interventions to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular dementia. But for those who are not, this study is a randomized, clinical trial that illustrates the benefits.”

Isaacson has seen proof of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in his patients, and this study further proves his thoughts.

“You can do something today for a better brain tomorrow,” Isaacson said.

The study took 160 adults who had high blood pressure, never exercised, and had verified cognitive concerns. The adults were then split into four groups for the six-month study. The first group started the DASH diet but were not encouraged to change their lazy habits. The second group exercised but did not change their diet. The third group followed the DASH diet and exercised, and the fourth group received cardiovascular health advice during a 30-minute phone call with a health advisor but were not encouraged to change their diet or exercise habits.

The results showed that the two groups who exercised saw the greatest benefits in their cognitive functioning.

“The results showed that controlled aerobic activity within a very short period of time can have a significant impact on the part of the brain that keeps people taking care of themselves, paying their bills and the like,” Isaacson said. “Not only can you improve, but you can improve within six months!”

According to the study, the group who both dieted and exercised reversed their brain’s aging by nine years.

Anyone else ready to diet and exercise yet? Keep the brain forever young! How often do you walk or exercise? Read more about this on CNN here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

New research shows walking just three times a week seems to improve thinking skills. How often do you walk or exercise?

31% Barely once a week
69% 3-4x a week
32% Barely once a week
68% 3-4x a week
29% Barely once a week
71% 3-4x a week

Barely once a week

3-4x a week

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