Did you know that people who walk over 7,500 steps a day reduce their risk of all cause mortality and are less likely to suffer from major depressive disorders? Walking is one of the fundamental actions attributed to humans, yet our modern lifestyles do not promote this activity in our daily lives. It has many incredible health benefits and is one of the most underrated and low-cost activities that can be added to your daily routine to promote longevity and prevent aging.
Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru and Dr. Shane O’Mara discuss the mind blowing science behind the power of walking and its ability to boost your mood, health, and even creativity.
In this episode, Dr. O’Mara shares the benefits of walking for heart, metabolic, and brain health. He also shares the optimal level of activity we should strive to get each day and practical ways we can implement walking in our daily routines and even reverse the damage caused by our sedentary lifestyles. We also get insight into how walking can help us feel socially connected and problem solve when we feel stuck.
Shane O’Mara is a renowned neuroscientist and professor known for his work in the field of cognitive neuroscience, particularly in the areas of memory, stress, and brain function. Dr. O’Mara obtained his Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Oxford.
Throughout his career, Shane O’Mara has held various academic positions and conducted groundbreaking research in neuroscience. He has been associated with prominent institutions, including the University of Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, where he held the Chair of Experimental Brain Research.
In addition to his research, Dr. Shane O’Mara is also an accomplished author, with several publications in scientific journals and books to his name. He is known for his ability to communicate complex neuroscience concepts to a broader audience and has been involved in science outreach and education.
Also mentioned in this episode:
- Dr. O’Mara’s Newsletter BrainPizza
- ‘It’s a superpower’: how walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier
- Dr. O’Mara’s new book Talking Heads: The New Science of How Conversation Shapes Our Worlds
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