That's what an article in the October 30, 2012 issue of the New York Times says. I believe I've written about this before. As we know, there is no downside to walking (or other low or no impact exercise). But, there may be some unforeseen benefits of it.
This article states that remaining physically active as we age may help parts of the brain from shrinking. Shrinking of brain tissue is a normal part of aging - but it leads to negative changes that we have come to think of as 'normal' in old people - declining memory and dementia come to mind.
No one really aims to be demented, right? But, now we have serious evidence that we can aim away from those age-related conditions by simply including walking in our daily routine. Simple, really. Takes no more than 20-30 minutes a day unless you want to walk more. Walking is an activity that we already do anyway. Now, we just need to speed it up a bit and increase the duration of our walks.
If you are a new reader, please go back to some of my earliest posts to find out how you can make walking work for you as an exercise. Simple, easy, normal. Not mystical!
Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.
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