April Walks

Your Brain and Walking

brain This is an awesome graphic and article showing you your brain on walking!  I wanted to share this and the article about it from Dr. Ted Eytan.

Here is a little info from him:

This is what happens to your brain when you walk. Your middle frontal gyrus and superior parietal lobule activate, which in turn deactivate the anterior cingulate cortex, which is highly interconnected with the emotional and error-management portions of your brain. The result? You can selectively process information in your environment, manage yourself, and complex tasks better.

In plain language, I would quote Janet Wright, MD, from The Million Hearts campaign, when she told me, “my brain quits working when I stop walking.”  For more of this story, go here.

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Also, walking five miles a week may help slow the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease in adults. The study also suggests that walking could help those suffering from Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a condition that is similar to Alzheimer’s, yet not as severe.

Now let’s get those steps in for our brains!

Your Walking friend,

April

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