By Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine
So do you want to know what you can do today to ward off absentmindedness and possibly even dementia later in life? The answer is especially awesome--because it's something you do every day, anyway:
Walk! Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that walking six to nine miles per week can protect your brain and improve your memory. According to the researchers, the reason we start to get a bit more foggy-headed as we age is because our brains start shrinking. The study discovered that older people who had kept active had maintained more brain mass--reducing their risk of memory loss by half.
Related: Fitness Trend: Nordic Walking (Would You Dare?)
Sarah gave the benefits of walking a shout out last week-it feels like the good-for-you benefits of walking just keep--um, walking on in.
Has anyone been inspired to hoof it more often? Would you do it more if it meant the possibility of saving your memory down the line?More from Glamour: Read More »from If You Only Do One Healthy Thing Today, Do This