Walking is great exercise to kick start your weight loss program and begin feeling and looking healthy. In addition to a great cardio, walking actually has many mental benefits and anti aging benefits as well.
Breathing in the fresh air and getting the blood pumping releases endorphins which act as a natural high. According to online article http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-02-2011/keep_your_memo... walking may actually increase your memory. When you consistently sit on the couch and tune into a television program your brain literally just becomes out of shape. There is no challenge or need to think because the television program is doing all the work for you. Through walking you are creating an atmosphere to make your brain active.
The article states, “Just one year of walking three times a week can increase the size of the hippocampus, a part of the brain that's key to memory.” The hippocampus is part of the brain that stores information from short term memory, long term memory and spatial navigation. So why is this important? Well, without a strong memory we are filled with frustration and stress on recalling information and relaying information.
With age our muscles begin to decrease including our hippocampus. Therefore by walking three times a week not only are you building your cardio but your memory as well. Strength Training counter acts the effects of aging on muscle loss and shrinkage. Further preventing your brains ability to remember information from decreasing.
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