In a summarizing study conducted by Svantesson, Jones, Wolbert, and Alricsson (2015), a positive inverse correlation was found between increase in physical activity and decrease in cognitive decline. The mechanisms for this relationship are being researched, but one theory is that physical activity increases blood flow to and around the brain. This increase in blood flow promotes the release of chemical factors in the brain, which in turn stimulates neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the growth of brain cells called neurons. The generation of neurons is related to increased memory function and thus decrease in cognitive decline (Svantesson et al., 2015).
As the rain and snow approach, walking outdoors may not be an option for you due to safety concerns. Walking is one of the most accessible forms of physical activity however, and it is heavily encouraged by health and fitness professionals. An alternative to walking outdoors when the weather is poor is to walk indoors, such as in a mall.
We are interested in hosting a Mall Walking Group and we have a willing volunteer leader, but we need people to indicate their interest! We are thinking of having the group walking at 11:30AM on Mondays and/or Wednesdays in Denman Place Mall. Participating in this group involves 30 minutes of walking and socializing at a coffee shop.
If you are interested in signing up, please contact Kaitlin, Manager of Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-669-5051.
Svantesson, U., Jones, J., Wolbert, K., & Alricsson, M. (2015). Impact of Physical Activity on the Self-Perceived Quality of Life in Non-Frail Older Adults. Journal of Clinical Medicine Research, 7(8), 585–593. http://doi.org/10.14740/jocmr2021w