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.
Learn more about this study:
- Walking Boosts Brain Connectivity Science Daily