Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Walking is Good For You: So Tell Us Something We Don't Know

Thanks to everyone who read our blog and joined us on a London Walk today.


The full programme for tomorrow can be found at www.walks.com.


Just before we swap our walking boots for our slippers, here’s one final thought…




News just in: Walking Is Good For You!


Doh.


We're always banging on about the health benefits of walking – well we would do, wouldn't we – so it's always a relief to get some back up. And this is some pretty impressive backup:


"Regular brisk walks can slow down the shrinking of the brain and the faltering mental skills that old age often brings, scientists say.

Studies on men and women aged 60 to 80 found that taking a short walk three times a week increased the size of brain regions linked to planning and memory over the course of a year.

The prefrontal cortex and hippocampus increased in size by only 2% or 3%, but that was enough to offset the steady shrinkage doctors expected to see over the same period.


'It may sound like a modest amount but that's actually like reversing the age clock by about one to two years,' said Professor Kirk Erickson, a neuroscientist at the University of Pittsburgh."



It's a fascinating article and you can read it on The Guardian's website HERE.





A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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