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Keep on walking: How consistent physical activity helps the body stay fit

May 8, 2013
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Recent studies on the required amounts of physical activity for a healthy body show that brisk walking may be enough for some people. The government recommendation for physical activity is at least 2.5 hours of moderate to intense aerobic exercise per week, and many people have taken to running as a way to meet this suggestion. Only less than half of the population consistently meets the requirement, which may signal a rather bleak outlook for the health of the nation.
However, a study that was published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, the American Heart Association (AHA) journal, revealed that people who regularly walked also had lowered risks of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

 

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The new findings are more encouraging, given that more people may find brisk walking more appealing and more sustainable than vigorous running. As far as health benefits go, the researchers also found that sustainability may be the most important aspect to any physical ability as the type of exercise may not be as important as how much people engage in their chosen activity.

Walking as a form of physical exertion is easier to include into one’s daily routine while a more vigorous activity like running may easily be considered as tiresome, and is subsequently dropped by many people.

 

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The Centers for Disease Control, meanwhile, previously published a report on walking as the most commonly reported physical activity among adults in the US. One important detail that can be obtained in the report is the amount of walking required to reach the physical activity recommendations. According to the report, people who walked “more than an hour a week were nearly four times more likely to get the minimum amount of recommended exercise.” More time spent walking, however, should also increase the health benefits.

 

 

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