Taking a walk ‘makes your brain grow’: Energetic stroll three times a week can increase size of organ’s memory hub

We know all about the upsides of fresh air and a bit of scenery – but according to a study, going for a walk could also make your brain grow.  Researchers found that an energetic stroll three times a week increased the size of the hippocampus, the brain’s memory hub, which is one of the first areas to be destroyed by Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Study: Walking Improves Creativity

According to a new study, walking helps to boost creative inspiration. The study found that the act of walking itself was the main event, not the environment. Creativity levels were consistently and significantly higher for those walking compared to sitting.
“Many people anecdotally claim they do their best thinking when walking,” Marily Oppezzo, a doctoral graduate in educational
psychology at Stanford University, and co-author of the study, said in the study. “We finally may be taking a step, or two, toward  discovering why.”

 

Short walks may reverse damage from prolonged sitting

Researchers at Indiana University looked at 11 non-obese, healthy men ages 20-35 who sat for three hours without moving their legs. They used a blood pressure cuff and ultrasound technology to measure femoral artery function at the beginning of the study and again at the one-, two- and three-hour marks.  Study authors found that during a 3-hour period, the function of the femoral artery was decreased by as much as 50 percent after just one hour of sitting. But study participants who walked for five minutes during each hour of sitting did not experience a drop in arterial function suggesting that the increase in muscle activity and blood flow was beneficial.