Walking protects brain volume, slows cognitive decline.


Researchers have found that walking slows the decline of memory loss related to dementia and Alzheimer’s. The findings showed that “across the board greater amounts of physical activity were associated with greater brain volume.”

People with Alzheimer’s who walked 5 miles a week, about 10,000 steps, showed a slower decline in brain volume. Brain volume is vital to brain health; decreased volume mean brain cells are dying.

The study also showed that healthy adults who walked six miles a week maintained brain volume and significantly reduced cognitive decline.

The results from a 20-year study was presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America by Dr. Cyrus Raji Ph.D. and his team from the Department of Radiology at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

Walking can improve your brain’s resistance to the disease and reduce memory loss over time,” said Raji.