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10/13/10

Working out the mind

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Jordyn Nelson

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –We've all heard the theory use it, or lose it. However, new research suggests a proper workout for the mind doesn't necessarily involve crossword puzzles. Instead, it can be just as helpful to put on a pair of walking shoes and use them for a mile or so.

Dr. Kirk Erickson of the University of Pittsburgh says, "We could predict how much brain tissue you would have simply by asking you -- how many blocks do you walk. If we exercise our physical muscles, and work our cardiovascular system, so that we work our lungs and our heart…that will have an impact on our brains."

Researchers at that University found that adults who walked about a mile a day had greater brain volume a decade later than those who didn't walk as much. Also, after 13 years, the walkers were about half as likely to develop dementia or other memory problems.  This phenomenon held true regardless of other risk factors, like a family history..

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