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Walking, Yoga Helps Your Brain

Two studies out last week demonstrate connections between practicing yoga and simple walking may work to help improve your brain health. Previous research has linked exercise to helping keep our brains healthy. The two latest studies independently found that walking and yoga may help our brain health in different ways.

To study the effects of walking on brain health, researchers followed a group of older adult "couch potatoes" - ages 59 to 80 - who joined a walking group, or stretching and toning group for a year…

Participants in the yoga group had significantly increased levels of GABA at the end of the study. Subjectively, yoga participants also noted greater improvement in their mood and anxiety compared to those who walked.

So to put this into some sort of context… Perhaps yoga is even better for you than walking, but walking is pretty good too. If you want to give your brain a regular boost, this adds additional evidence to our existing knowledge that exercise - all kinds of exercise - will help. You can probably do nothing better to keep your brain mentally healthy than to engage in some sort of regular exercise.

Research has shown that the chiropractic spinal adjustment and yoga have many similar effects on the nervous system.  Also, research reveals that the spinal adjustment duplicates many of the effects of exercise.....but exercise cannot duplicate the chiropractic spinal adjustment. 


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