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Researchers found that even very light workouts can increase the connectivity between parts of the brain responsible for memory formation and storage. "Even short walking breaks throughout the day may have considerable effects on improving memory and cognition."
A recent study found that "fitter people were twice as likely as sedentary folk to have a mild stroke rather than a severe one.
And there was no sign that intense workouts were necessary. The benefit was seen among older adults who walked for an average of 35 minutes a day."
Have you ever experienced a phenomenon called "tip of the tongue"? It happens when you have a word you are trying to recall, but can't. It feels like the word is on the tip of your tongue.
It happens to all of us but as we age, we often think it is related to memory loss. Good news! It's not. It's due to our language production.
"Older adults sometimes worry that tip-of-the-tongue states indicate serious memory problems but this is a misconception: tip-of-the-tongue states are not associated with memory loss," says Dr Segaert. "In fact, older adults usually have a much larger vocabulary than young adults. Instead, tip-of-the-tongue states occur when the meaning of a word is available in our memory, but the sound form of the word can temporarily not be accessed."
Dr Segaert conducted a study at The University of Birmingham study -- carried out in collaboration with the University of Agder in Norway, the University of Leuven in Belgium and King's College London and found that older adults' aerobic fitness levels are directly related to the incidence of age-related language failures such as 'tip-of-the-tongue' states.
Specifically, "In our study, the higher the older adults' aerobic fitness level, the lower the probability of experiencing a tip-of-the-tongue state.
"Importantly, our results also showed that the relationship between the frequency of tip-of-the-tongue occurrences and aerobic fitness levels exists over and above the influence of a person's age and vocabulary size."
This study is beneficial in that it shows a relationship between fitness and language skills. Many studies have shown the health benefits of exercise as we age but we now know that fitness can help us maintain our language skills as we age.
Ride the River by Eric Clapton and J J Cale when walking quickly
All the songs I listen to are for fast pace walking. I do a mile in 13 mins now....generally walk 5 to 6 miles 5 to 6 days a week. Here are just a few