Besides keeping your muscles and heart in perfect shape, a regular morning walk also helps keep the brain healthy and active; findings of a new study have shown.
According to the findings of the study presented at the American Physiological Society’s (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2017 in Chicago, the impact created on the foot during walking sends pressure waves to brain via the supply of blood through the arteries.
This increased pressure and supply continuously feeds oxygen and nutrients to the brain, making it active and agile.
For the purpose of the study, researchers from New Mexico Highlands University looked at brain images of 12 healthy young adults.
Their brain scans showing hemispheric cerebral blood flow (CBF) of both sides of the brain were picked at three positions – standing upright, rest and steady walking @ one metre/second.
Researchers found that steady walking created the highest pressure impact on the brain, significantly increasing the blood flow.
“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,” researchers highlighted. “There is a continuum of hemodynamic effects on human brain blood flow within pedalling, walking and running. Speculatively, these activities may optimise brain perfusion, function, and overall sense of wellbeing during exercise,” they added.