Do you remember the opening sequence to The Six Million Dollar Man? “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him”¦ we have the technology.” I loved the Atari-esque “scientific” sound effects of that ”˜70s show and the famous scene where Steve Austin runs 60 mph on a treadmill. But it doesn’t take cyborg limbs to get in better shape. According to the January issue of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, we’ve all got access to the technology needed to rebuild ourselves: our legs.
The Wellness Letter cites two recently published studies indicating that regular walking may stimulate the brain. The first study, published inthe Journal of the American Medical Association, found that older people who had memory problems but not dementia experienced modest improvements in memory even on an extremely easy exercise program. They were encouraged to walk for 50 minutes three times a week, even at an undemanding pace, and noted improvements between 6 and 18 months.
The second study found that stroke patients improved walking ability and brain function by walking on a treadmill three times a week. The researchers’ theory is that the walking activity actually stimulated the brain to reprogram itself.
What’s it all mean? That you don’t have to be a Six Million Dollar Man, or a Bionic Woman for that matter, to live a “better, stronger, faster” life. And you can start now! Walking helps build aerobic fitness, which can help increase metabolism, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce the risk of many diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
The FruitGuys can help keep you on track with our sponsored walking clubs and free pedometers for your employees. We've given away more than 4,500 pedometers to clients who started walking club programs. If you are a weekly FruitGuys client, we will provide you with a walking club how-to plan and pedometers for free!!! Some limits apply. For more information, contact us at 877-FRUIT-ME or firstname.lastname@example.org. See you on the treadmill!