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#WorldBicycleDay: 7 per cent of all heart attacks could have been averted by cycling, say experts

Cycling to work in middle age dramatically reduces the risk of suffering a heart attack in later life, a major study reveals. As little as 30 minutes a week has a marked effect on the chance of developing coronary heart disease over the next 20 years, researchers found. The Danish study, which recruited 45,000 people […]

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Walking and strength training may decrease the risk of dying from liver disease

Chronic liver disease is increasing, partly due to the obesity epidemic, and currently there are no guidelines for the optimal type of exercise for the prevention of cirrhosis-related mortality. Researchers hope these findings will help provide specific exercise recommendations for patients at risk for cirrhosis and its complications “The benefit of exercise is not a […]

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Physical activity may eliminate mortality risk caused by too much sitting

For less active adults, the amount of time spent sitting may be associated with an increased risk of death; however, increasing physical activity to recommended levels may eliminate this association in some, according to a study published today in the annual cardiovascular health promotion issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In […]

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Can you boost your memory by walking backward?

A study published in the January issue of Cognition found that people who walked backward, imagined they were walking backward, or even watched a video simulating backward motion had better recall of past events than those who walked forward or sat still. Why? That’s still something of a mystery, says Dr. Daniel Schacter, the William […]

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Morning walks could be better than drugs at lowering blood pressure, reveals study

According to a new study published in the journal Hypertension, just half-an-hour of walking in the morning could be as effective as medication at lowering blood pressure. According to the charity Blood Pressure UK, about one-third of adults have high blood pressure, which is defined as a reading of more than 140/90mmHg and, in Britain, […]

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Regular walking may increase longevity

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that even a little walking can significantly reduce mortality risk, compared with inactivity. Some of these benefits include a reduced risk of premature death, cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease and stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis. Mental health is also believed to benefit from a more active lifestyle, as exercise improves […]

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Just an hour of weekly walking can help reduce disability risk, finds study

Just an hour of weekly walking can help reduce disability risk, finds study

The study will be published April 1 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. “This is less than 10 minutes a day for people to maintain their independence. It’s very doable,” said lead author Dorothy Dunlop, professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “This minimum threshold may motivate inactive older adults […]

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