Want to have a healthier, better functioning brain? Take regular walks.
That’s according to a recent study by researchers at Colorado State University, who found that you may be able to turn back the tide of aging when it comes to your brain.
According to an article on Everyday Health, participants in the study who completed six months of regular brisk walks experienced better cardiovascular fitness and improvements in white matter and memory compared with people who practiced stretching and balance exercises for the same amount of time.
Instead of focusing on gray matter, the new study focused on a less studied part of the brain called white matter, which is found in the deeper tissues of the brain and contains nerve fibers, which are extensions of neurons. Both white and gray matter are necessary for normal brain function.