Why Walking Helps Us Think | The New Yorker


What is it about walking, in particular, that makes it so amenable to thinking and writing?

The answer begins with changes to our chemistry. When we go for a walk, the heart pumps faster, circulating more blood and oxygen not just to the muscles but to all the organs—including the brain.

Walking on a regular basis also promotes new connections between brain cells, staves off the usual withering of brain tissue that comes with age, increases the volume of the hippocampus (a brain region crucial for memory), and elevates levels of molecules that both stimulate the growth of new neurons and transmit messages between them.

via Why Walking Helps Us Think – The New Yorker.

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