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Walking Improves Brain Function

By August 30, 2010

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Did you know that walking at a moderate pace three times a week can improve brain function? Walking improves cognitive function and reduces age related brain deterioration. A study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience has demonstrated that even moderate physical activity can increase connectivity between brain networks. People who are more fit have better connectivity than those who are physically inactive.

The researchers focused on connectivity in a specific region of the brain known as the default mode network (DMN). Participants in the study who were in a walking group showed increased connectivity in the DMN region of the brain. Researcher Art Kramer states, "The higher the connectivity, the better the performance on some of these cognitive tasks, especially the ones we call executive control tasks -- things like planning, scheduling, dealing with ambiguity, working memory and multitasking." These types of cognitive tasks often decline with aging.

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September 7, 2010 at 11:46 am
(1) Cheyenne G. says:

I have to agree on this. Walking does help. Walking also can help you forget problems at home , in school, etc. I really love this blog!

September 7, 2010 at 11:49 am
(2) Elizabeth R. says:

I think walking does help improve brain function. Whenever I walk, I always figure stuff out and think about things i can do. AWESOME BLOG!!!

September 7, 2010 at 11:50 am
(3) Tyler says:

i have to agree this is a good way to improve your brain power!!!

September 7, 2010 at 11:51 am
(4) Tyler M says:

i have to agree walking is a good way to improve your brain power !!!

September 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm
(5) Aaron M. says:

This is really amazing and i walk everyday because i go to my friends house. I had no clue that this particular event could help your brain. :D

September 7, 2010 at 1:10 pm
(6) Smithk says:

I agree this is totally. I don’t think that it will hurt anything as long as you don’t fall. :)

September 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(7) Becca G. says:

Thats pretty cool, and i agree with the other coments about it relieving stress. i

September 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm
(8) Cheyenne M says:

I agree with this blog i think walking really can help brain function and its also a great form of exercise.

September 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm
(9) Khalil Jones says:

It does makes since when you take a walk you have a lot on your mind and during that time you figure things out and grow your intelligents.I think this is an awsome observation whoever thought of this did a good job

September 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm
(10) Shirley v says:

I think walking does help the brain, physically and mentally.

September 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm
(11) Nicolas Guzman says:

I believe in this very interesting tidbit of information,lol walking helps clear your mind and helps you grow mentally.

September 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm
(12) Alejandro F says:

I think that walking helps relax and improves brain functions.

September 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm
(13) Jordan H says:

This is amazing, because I love walking.

September 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm
(14) Brianna Garrett says:

I agree, walking does clear your mind, and let you catch up on some thing(:

September 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm
(15) cassidy says:

wow yea i guess that true. but its pretty cool cause i walk so much its crazy.

September 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(16) Jordan H says:

I love this, walking is the best.

September 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm
(17) Michelle L says:

That’s cool. I never would’ve thought that walking could help your brain.

September 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm
(18) Cristal L says:

Walking does clear your mind. It gives you a moment to think stuff over, and you feel better afterwards

September 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm
(19) Amoiya G says:

I didnt know that. I will walk more now.

September 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm
(20) Dre-elle Cole says:

I didnt know all of the good things that walking could do for you. I never thought that it could help improve brain function. Maybe walking is a good thing.

September 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(21) Josh Mennes says:

I have never heard of that before. But I think walking does help improve your brain.

September 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm
(22) Sabrinaaaaaaa K says:

i love walking :) and i always clear my thoughts when im walking alone. i agree.

September 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm
(23) Maddie W(: says:

Walking seems goood for your body, but i didnt know it was good for your brain too?(:

September 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm
(24) McLean Upchurch says:

I didn’t know that walking could help. well i walk a lot anyways so this just gives me an excuse to walk to my friends house.

September 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm
(25) Peter N says:

Walking helps your brain because you memorize where you’re going everytime you take that walk! That’s why it helps you! I’m sure it strengthens your brain because it’s all memorization. That’s why its so good for your brain! i bet you biking and video games take the same effect!!

September 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm
(26) Brandon V says:

I think about raps when i’m walking. So i walk with my ipod in my hear. I really like this cause it works my brain

September 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm
(27) David d says:

Walking should help you improve your brain.I think thats cool.>=0

September 8, 2010 at 9:15 am
(28) Hannah says:

Walking is amazing. i just love walking. its the best thing ever :)

September 8, 2010 at 11:06 am
(29) Samantha Allen says:

That makes sense, I think I’ll start walking just because of this blog. Lol, it does relax me sometimes to just be walking alone sometimes. I didn’t really think it was good for my brain functioning. But now I know! :)

September 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm
(30) Pamela F. says:

it probably does help, but im preety sure its not by much. people walk almost everyday but some peoples brains still dont function that greaat.

September 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm
(31) Cristian V says:

I agree with everyone here.
walking is already great.
but it has just gotten better.

September 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm
(32) Micaela Davis says:

♫I like blog cause that is what I do almost every day with my grandmother. I already know about this blog it is similar to the one I read. ♫

September 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm
(33) Alec C says:

I heard it can also improve your skills like balance, hearing, reading, and writing

September 9, 2010 at 10:40 am
(34) Amber A says:

I agree totally because I walk everywhere all the time and I have no problem reading.

September 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm
(35) david d says:

thats really interesting how walking will improve your brain!I have to walk more often now1!!!!!!!!!!

September 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm
(36) Jacob D says:

Snowcones stink

September 10, 2010 at 1:28 am
(37) rau raj says:

ya! thats a idea 2 increase brain intelligence but why?????????????????????????????????//

September 13, 2010 at 6:26 am
(38) Jieng says:

absulotely right,here in Sudan that’s how system work, you walk and you get
what you looking for, no transport,so it pretty here.

September 19, 2010 at 7:11 am
(39) shikhi says:

Ive felt the same , but i think any kind of physical activity,like weight lifting does the same, its pretty neat…..bein lazy always leads to bad things.

September 24, 2010 at 6:46 am
(40) Miriam. T says:

No kidding, walking really does helps the brain, i totally feel it after a long time from not walking for a long time, not also helps the brain but it refreshen the mind too. wow!! now i know what to do with my free time WALK!!! to improve my brain

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