Skip main navigation
start main content

Menu

Question

Does walking help keep my mind sharp?

Answer

In a study conducted at the University of Michigan in 2008, researchers found that cognitive/short term memory improved by almost 20% after a walk in a natural environment. When looking at the reasons why, they concluded that being in a natural environment requires less of our immediate reactive attention: no cars to look out for, streets to cross, or police sirens in the distance to distract. Being in nature allows us to look where we want and let our minds wander if need be, providing the reset we so desperately need.

Back to Ask a Pharmacist

DISCLAIMER:

Answers to questions regarding information about medications or health conditions are not for diagnostic or treatment purposes and are not conclusive as to the presence or absence of any health condition. Consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment of your medical condition. The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. Advances in medicine may cause this information to become outdated, invalid or subject to debate. Professional opinions and interpretations of the scientific literature may vary. Walgreens' terms of use and general warranty disclaimer apply to all services provided. If you are in need of immediate medical attention, contact your physician, poison control center or emergency medical professional. If you need to speak with a pharmacist for non-emergency matters, contact your local Walgreens pharmacist or call a Walgreens.com pharmacist toll-free at 1 (877) 250-5823.

Your Digital Health Advisor. Powered by WebMD. Manage diabetes with this easy online tool.* Get started.
Your Digital Health Advisor. Powered by WebMD. Manage diabetes with this easy online tool.* Get started.

Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices

20 Points
20 Points

Now you can track your blood pressure and blood glucose.

Start earning points Go Arrow

omnitureLink1