Other recommended exercises include swimming and walking. Both are good low-impact physical activities that overall are beneficial physiologically (e.g., heart, arteries, muscles, bones, lungs, etc.). Research published in Neurology (2010) has found that walking up to 9 miles per day may increase gray matter within the brain, thus diminishing cognitive impairment. As a result, the risk of Alzheimer's disease can be reduced due to the sparing of brain tissue which normally degenerates during the aging process. Shopping malls now host organized walking programs (usually weekly) where anyone is invited to participate in walking. 150 minutes per week of walking is recommended by the Center for Disease Control. The benefits of walking in the mall:
- Climate controlled (i.e., air conditioning)
- Safety (i.e., security guards, cameras)
- Well lit
- Amenities (i.e., benches for sitting, water fountains, restrooms, defribillators, etc.)
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."