For some, cognitive performance on tasks improves while walking via a change in the use of neural resources.
When learning how to coordinate a new movement, the nervous system first explores and evaluates many different coordinated patterns. With experience, the nervous system then adapts specific aspects of movements and simultaneously decreases pattern variability.
A new study found a causal link between brisk walking and telomere length. Researchers found that 10 minutes of brisk walking per day was associated with longer life expectancy, and brisk walkers have up to 20 years' greater life expectancy than those who walk slowly.
A new meta-analysis of 15 studies reveals the optimum number of steps people of different age ranges should take per day in order to maximize longevity.
Walking patterns improve when people embarked on cognitive tasks at the same time, suggesting people are more stable while walking and performing tasks than when they solely focus on walking.
Insufficient sleep can negatively affect walking, specifically how we control stride and gait. Those who experienced a lack of sleep demonstrated less control when they walked.
Study suggests seven compensation strategies to help those with Parkinson's disease improve mobility and walking problems.
Gait variability in older adults could be a predictor of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers found higher gait variability was associated with lower cognitive performance and an accurate predictor of Alzheimer's disease.
Neural networks that are directly responsible for the coordination of walking movements are located in the spinal cord. A specific group of neurons in the brainstem signal to the spinal cord and control direction.