Achieving 10,000 or more steps per day is associated with higher brain volume compared with those achieving fewer than 5,000 steps per day!
Hmm… Interesting but how do we know this?
Because, few researchers answered this question: Is light-intensity physical activity (PA), such as walking, associated with brain volume?
In their community-based cohort study, the research team led by Nicole L Spartano, PhD, found that each additional hour spent in light-intensity PA was associated with larger brain volume, equivalent to approximately 1.1 years less brain aging!
“This study emphasizes the relationship we are seeing between people doing more light-intensity PA and maintaining young brain structures.”
– Nicole Spartano
For the study, Spartano and her fellow researchers collected data on more than 2,300 men and women, average age 53, who each wore a device to measure their PA. The participants were all part of the Framingham Heart Study, a long-term, ongoing cardiovascular study of residents in Framingham, Mass.
So, it’s never too late to get up and walk! 🙂