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Walking 4,000 steps daily increases brain size, reduces risk of dementia and stroke


 |  Kathmandu

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People can be seen walking in nearby parks and on streets in every season. Some can be seen walking slowly while others running fast.

Those who take a regular jugging were found to have a comparatively bigger brain size than those who don’t. Studies have shown that walking 10,000 steps daily can be beneficial for your heart, brain, and overall health.

According to an article published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, your brain will increase in size if you walk a few thousand steps or do some workouts daily. Having a bigger brain in size indicates it is healthy and all neurotransmitters are functioning well. There is no risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

The study carried out on over 10,000 people showed that those who walked a few thousand steps had bigger brain size. 

According to Dr David Merrill, the director of the Pacific Brain Health Center at Pacific Neuroscience Institute, walking a few thousand steps daily will improve the brain function. Four thousand steps a day are sufficient, according to Dr David.

Regular exercise can improve brain function
According to Dr Karan Uddesh Tanugula, the General Physician of Yashoda Hospital, Hyderabad, regular physical activity will contribute to the increased blood flow to the brain.

The increased blood flow will carry out the oxygenated blood in the brain and it will boost its creative power.When there is enough blood flow in the brain, it will boost neurotransmitters thereby improving the overall functioning of the brain, it is learnt.

The size of the brain tells many things about its health. If the size is getting smaller, it can be a symptom of dementia, too. Walking half an hour daily will keep our brain healthy, studies have shown.

Regular walking improves immune system
The immune system is necessary for a healthy body. A balanced diet and regular morning walks will boost the immune system. Walking for 20 to 30 minutes in the fresh air in the morning increases the ability to fight infection and disease.

Maintains healthy weight
Regular walking burns calories and helps you manage your weight, contributing to overall health. High calorie intake keeps body weight under control. It can automatically reduce the risk of many diseases.

Reduces risk of heart attack
Walking strengthens your heart, improves blood flow, and lowers your risk of heart disease and stroke. Dr. Awadhesh Sharma, the senior cardiologist at the Institute of Heart Disease, Kanpur, says daily walking reduces cholesterol in the body and helps keep the heart healthy.

Diabetics get relief
According to a report published in Sports Medicine, walking after a meal not only improves heart health but also helps control blood glucose levels in the body. Even a short walk for 5 to 10 minutes after a meal can help balance blood sugar and insulin levels.

Reduces stress
Walking for 20 to 30 minutes daily can reduce stress, depression, and anxiety levels. The level of endorphin hormones increases in the body while walking. This hormone works to reduce or manage stress. Regular movement makes a person feel better.

Strengthens bones and muscles
Walking is a weight-bearing exercise that helps build strong bones and muscles. It improves balance, and reduces the risk of falls, especially as we age. 



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