Good news pacers–that trench you’ve carved in your office floor from traipsing back and forth while on the phone or thinking out a problem and driving your colleagues nuts with near constant ambulation, might be staving off dementia. A new PLOS ONE study shows too much sitting can alter the medial temporal lobe (MTL), a part of your brain critical for forming new memories.
The study’s lead author, Prabha Siddarth, and senior author, Dr. David Merrill, discovered that sitting for long periods is associated with MTL thinning.
Thinning of the MTL appears to be a harbinger of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s in senior and even middle-aged adults. Something as simple as moving could gird your brain and help prevent cognitive decline. With modern lifestyles that prize efficiency and an economy of movement, how do you fit more movement into your day?
How to move a lot more, even at work.
A slew of apps are available for both Android and iOS that can read aloud your emails and web pages so you can walk and listen instead of perch and read.
If you have to write long emails, white pages or articles (like this one) for a living, many of these apps also serve as helpful proofreaders. You can play back your writing with a narrator who has a different accent from your own. For some reason, walking and listening to your writing in a different accent can make you aware of errors or awkward sentence structure that you miss when reading your work on a screen.
Podcasts deliver news updates, fun factoids, or comedic relief often in short spurts that offer a great incentive to get up, walk around and keep your mind moving and learning.
Some workplaces have incorporated walking meetings, which are reported to increase levels of participant engagement.
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