physical activity may help to strengthen the brain and offset the effects of aging in the same way that increasing mental activity does. Scientists already know from laboratory experiments that rats who spend a lot of time running in exercise wheels have better brains than their lay about lab mates. Their brains do not show as much shrinkage with age as their inactive comrades, and the effects are most marked on those areas of the brain that are often associated with memory functions and reasoning...So even a simple walk a day for a short period of time, not only helps you clear your head but, can prevent or slow down the brain’s aging process for you and your canine. And now that the weather in certain parts of the country have started to “think spring” perhaps it’s a good reason to take that leash and go for a simple 20 minute walk. The outdoor scenery after a long inside winter will chase away those winter blues for not only you but your boxer! *Bruno, a 10 year old boxer, is featured in the above picture from Mike Lofenfeld Photography. A special "thank you" to Mike for allowing us to use this beautifully captured photograph. Email us and tell us your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don't forget to 'like', share, tweet, and Pin this article!