We all know about the positive aspects of fresh air and beautiful landscapes. But, according to the study, walks also contribute to the growth of the brain. The brain is amenable to change even in old age. Although with age, it contracts, and there is a decline in cognitive activity, now these problems are not considered inevitable.
Researchers have found that vigorous walks three times a week increase the size of the hippocampus, the brain memory center. Alzheimer's disease just destroys this area of the brain one of the first.
The study involved 120 men and women aged 55 to 80 who were asked to go out for 40-minute outdoor walks three times a week.
Usually the brain shrinks with age. But the scan, conducted one year after the beginning of the study, showed that the key brain regions of participants, including the hippocampus, increased by 2%.
Scientists said that due to growth, the brain looked younger for 2 years.
Another group of participants, who were asked to do simple stretching exercises for a year, observed compression of the brain at,%.
"To see the effect, you do not need too vigorous physical training. Someone will find the result modest, but it gives an opportunity to mentally grow up a couple, said the lead researcher, Dr. Kirk Erickson from the University of Pittsburgh (USA).
Experts admit that most of the world population leads a sedentary lifestyle, and it is very difficult to get people to get up and move. But in reality an elderly person does not need to participate in a marathon. You only need to practice at a moderate level several times a week to celebrate the incredible improvements after only a few months. Of course, exercise is not a panacea for dementia, but it seems to be the best way to keep the mind clear.
Physical activity has a positive effect on cognitive brain health and cognitive ability in the elderly and throughout life. In addition, the combination of physical activity with exercise for the mind, for example, solving puzzles, also benefits greatly.
As it turned out, different types of exercises stimulate the brain in different ways. The main thing is to choose what will be most like.