Take a walk for a smarter you
Anew research reveals, in addition to benefitting your heart and muscles, a regular walk contributes to keeping your brain healthy.
Walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that significantly modify and can increase the supply of blood to the brain, according to a study presented at the American Physiological Society annual meet in Chicago.
While the effects of walking on CBF were less dramatic than those caused by running, they were greater than the effects seen during cycling, which involves no foot impact at all. “New data now strongly suggest that brain blood flow is very dynamic and depends directly on cyclic aortic pressures that interact with retrograde pressure pulses from foot impacts,” the researchers wrote.
In a separate study published last year in the journal Open Science, a team of researchers from Australia and South Africa showed that the evolution of human intelligence was not simply related to the size of the brain, but rather linked more closely to the supply of blood to the brain.
To allow our brain to be intelligent, it must be constantly fed oxygen and nutrients from the blood, the researchers said.