If research showed that short walks around the neighborhood could slow the progression of memory loss, how quickly would you lace up your sneakers and race out the door? Well, grab your tennis shoes, because that may be the case.
In 2017, researchers assessed the effects of aerobic exercise on memory and abilities in about 70 adults experiencing memory loss — one group focused on supervised aerobic exercise and the other did light stretching. While the impacts were modest, many of the adults who did 150 minutes of aerobic exercise every week reported better thinking and memory skills.
Of course, this is a small study so more research is needed to confirm that physical activity can reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. In the meantime, walking has few downsides and is a pleasant way to pass time.