Saturday, June 4, 2011

Walking can improve your mind

It's true. Finally there appears to be a way to improve mental functions that's doesn't require expensive drugs (with scary side effects) and no need for any equipment or gym membership. Here it is...

Simple exercises like walking, playing golf or swimming can actually improve your mental function according to a Mayo Clinic study.

It seems that simple exercise is not only good for the heart, it's also great for memory and mental activity. The best news is that it not only can prevent mental decline in older patients, but it can actually reverse some of the loss caused by aging.

A recent study showed walking could produce a 39 percent reduction in the odds of developing mild mental impairment. And other university studies looked at patients with an average age of 70 who were already feeling the effects of a cognitive decline.  A series of tests showed the simple exercises had made a significant improvement in cognitive performance.

But don't think you can run out and exercise before a crucial meeting or exam to improve your performance. These studies were made after six months of walking or other exercise.

But the evidence is clear. Start a simple exercise program now and stay as sharp as a tack as you age.

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