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Walking Speed and Step Count Are Both Important to Your Health, Study Finds

How many daily steps you take and how fast you take them can impact your risk of dementia, heart disease and cancer, researchers find.

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Fitness Trackers Could Get You Stepping More -- Even If You Don't Look at Them

Wearing a fitness tracker may help you get more steps in -- even if you never give it a glance.

A new study found that folks who wore a pedometer averaged 318 more steps a day than those who didn't, even without specific

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  • How Many Steps a Day (and How Fast) to Lengthen Your Life?

    There's an easy way to reduce your risk for dementia, heart disease and cancer: Start walking.

    Getting in those recommended 10,000 steps a day makes a real difference, new research affirms, but even fewer will pay big dividends. No matter how many you log, however, step up your pace for...

    Getting Kids Walking, Biking to School Can Lead to Long-Term Fitness

    Kids who walk, skateboard or ride their bikes to school when they are young are more likely to keep it up as they get older, reaping the health benefits, recent research suggests.

    “The walk to school is a wonderful moment in the day that provides children a glimpse of living an active lifestyle,” said study...

    Exercise Rates Still Haven't Recovered From Pandemic, Global Study Shows

    The COVID-19 pandemic stopped people in their tracks, reducing their physical activity. And daily "step counts" still haven't reached previous numbers, according to a new study.

    Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco examined worldwide trends in physical activity by measuring step counts in the two years following

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  • Dogs Get Healthier When People Get Fitter

    Writer Jenny Block and her chiweenie, Aurora, are on a health kick.

    "We walk at least 1 mile and up to 4 miles in the early morning, before it gets too hot," said the Houston-based author.

    "She needs it, and I need it, so it works out great," said Block, who has shed...

    Steps to Long Life: Short Walk Each Day Helps Folks Over 85

    It's never too late to benefit from regular walks.

    A new study suggests that a 10-minute daily stroll can prolong life in folks well into their 80s and beyond.

    “Adults are less likely to meet activity recommendations as they get older,” said study author Dr. Moo-Nyun Jin of Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. “Our study suggests that walking at least o...

    Have Leg Artery Disease? Walk Until It Hurts

    That phrase "no pain, no gain" might truly apply to people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a new study finds.

    Researchers found that people with PAD who walked at pace that caused discomfort or even pain improved their walking ability.

    "Exercise that induces leg pain is beneficial, though difficult," said senior author Dr. Mary McDermott, a professor at Northwestern University...

    Pets Help Their Humans De-Stress, Stay Fit: Survey

    While chronic stress is a key risk factor for heart disease and stroke, most cat and dog owners say pets help them chill out and stay active.

    A new American Heart Association (AHA) survey of 1,000 pet owners found 95% relying on their animal companions for stress relief. About 7 in 10 said they'd rather spend time with their pet than watch television, and nearly half (47%) said their pets...

    Walk the Roads at Your Own Risk as Pedestrian Deaths Keep Climbing

    America's roads are getting ever more dangerous for pedestrians, a new study finds.

    During the first six months of 2021, there was a 17% increase in pedestrian deaths in the United States - and that just continues the sharp increase seen over the previous 10 years, the researchers noted.

    Getting Active Can Keep Those 'Senior Moments' at Bay

    Want to preserve all those precious memories, including your first kiss and how you felt the first time you got behind the wheel of a car?

    If you do, start moving: New research shows that when sedentary older adults started to exercise, they showed improvements in episodic memory, or the ability to vividly recall meaningful moments and events.

    These benefits were most pronounced amo...

    Heart Issues Have Affected 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Since Pandemic Began: Survey

    Four in 10 Americans say they've had at least one heart-related issue during the COVID-19 pandemic, and about one in four who have tested positive say COVID has affected their heart health, according to a new online poll.

    Shortness of breath (18%), dizziness (15%), higher blood pressure (15%) and chest pain (13%) were the top problems reported in the survey of 1,000 American adults.

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    Take These Winter Workout Tips to Heart

    Tempted to take your workout into the great outdoors?

    Be aware that there are both benefits and risks to exercising outdoors during the winter.

    "There's actually some advantages to working out in cold weather -- with no heat and humidity to deal with you may be a...

    Extra 10 Minutes of Daily Activity Could Save 110,000 U.S. Lives Annually

    Americans, get up out of that chair and get moving.

    If everyone between 40 and 85 years of age were active just 10 minutes more a day, it could save more than 110,000 U.S. lives a year, a large study reports.

    "Our projections are based on an additional 10 minutes of moderate to vi...

    How Many Steps to Walk Away From Diabetes?

    When older people cut back on physical activity, their risk of type 2 diabetes rises. But walking regularly can help, a new study suggests.

    The more steps you take -- and the more intensely you walk -- the lower your odds for type 2 diabetes, researchers found.

    To assess the link between walking and diabetes risk...

    Even a Little Exercise May Help Slow Parkinson's

    A few hours of exercise a week may help slow Parkinson's disease, even if it's just moderate activity such as walking or gardening, a new study suggests.

    The key is to be consistent, the researchers found.

    "Although medications can provide people with Parkinson's some symptom relief, they haven't been shown to slow the progression of the disease," said study author Dr. Kazuto Tsukit...

    Exercise, Not Bed Rest, Can Speed Concussion Recovery

    Contrary to long-held wisdom, teen athletes recover from concussions sooner if they do light aerobic exercise rather than resting in a dark room, new research suggests.

    Instead of so-called "cocoon therapy," new research-supported therapy has young concussion patients getting out of bed and doing protected exercise earlier.

    "What the research found was that adolescents were having a...

    Too Much Sitting May Be Bad for Your Mental Health

    Call it the great pandemic sit-down.

    As COVID-19 turned daily commutes into shuffles between rooms at home, and Netflix replaced time spent at the gym or playing sports, Americans have been sitting a lot more. Now a new study suggests it may be putting their mental health at risk.

    "We knew COVID was going to affect our behavior and what we could do in lots of weird, funky ways that ...

    Nature Helped Many Kids Cope During Lockdown: Study

    Children who spent more time in nature during pandemic lockdowns suffered fewer behavioral and emotional problems, British researchers say.

    The investigators also found that children in wealthier families tended to increase their connection to nature during the pandemic more than those from poorer families.

    The new study included 376 families in the United Kingdom who had children a...

    One-Third of Americans With Arthritis Get No Exercise

    Many American arthritis sufferers aren't getting any exercise despite its benefits for reducing pain and improving their quality of life, new research shows.

    Sixty-seven percent of U.S. adults with arthritis engaged in physical activity in the past month, most often walking, according to a new data analysis ...

    Kids in Marching Bands Under Threat From Heat Illness

    It's not just athletes on the field who suffer when outdoor temperatures get too high. Members of college and high school marching bands are at increased risk of heat-related illness, too, researchers warn.

    "They go out there, and they often wear these really heavy wool uniforms," said lead author Andrew Grundstein of the University of Georgia. "They practice many times for hours and hour...

    Special 'Strategies' Can Help People With Parkinson's Walk, But Many Patients Unaware

    Movement can be very difficult for people with Parkinson's disease, as shaking and stiffness play havoc with balance, coordination and gait.

    There are many different tricks Parkinson's patients can use to improve their walking and avoid injury from a bad tumble -- but a new study reveals that people often have to figure them out on their own, with no help from either a doctor or physical ...

    All Those Steps Every Day Could Lead to Longer Life

    Miami publicist Robin Diamond is "step-obsessed."

    She aims for 10,000-plus steps every day using her Apple watch and even bought a treadmill during the COVID-19 quarantine to make sure she reaches her daily goal. The 43-year-old has lost 15 pounds since April 2019 and feels better than ever before.

    "Walking saved my sanity and restored my body," she said.

    Now, a new study sugg...

    Sit All Day for Work? Simple Step Can Cut Your Health Risk

    Take a work break: A small, new study suggests that getting out of your chair every half hour may help improve your blood sugar levels and your overall health.

    Every hour spent sitting or lying down increases the risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, the study authors said. But moving around during those sedentary hours is an easy way to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce t...

    Daily Half-Hour Walk Can Greatly Boost Survival After Stroke

    After a stroke, survivors can greatly increase their odds for many more years of life through activities as easy as a half-hour's stroll each day, new research shows.

    The nearly five-year-long Canadian study found that stroke survivors who walked or gardened at least three to four hours a week (about 30 minutes a day), cycled at least two to three hours per week, or got an equivalent amou...

    Women, Take These Key Steps to Good Urological Health

    Women who try to hold their pee during the day might want to rethink that strategy.

    It's time to "get up and go," according to the Urology Care Foundation, which is encouraging women to be proactive about their urological health.

    That, of course, means get up and go to the bathroom if you need to. But the foundation also suggests a number of activities a woman can get up and go...

    One Good Way to Help Beat COVID: Exercise

    Exercise guards against a host of chronic diseases that can plague people as they age, but can it also protect against severe cases of COVID-19?

    New research suggests that's so: Being physically active reduced COVID-19 patients' risk of hospitalization, intensive care unit (ICU) admission and death, and even being just somewhat active provided some protection.

    "This is a wake-up cal...

    Physically Active at Work? It's Not as Healthy as Leisure Exercise

    Going for a brisk walk after a long day at work may be better for your heart than getting all of your exercise on the job.

    New research suggests that while current health guidelines indicate that leisure-time activity and physical activity at work are created equally when it comes to heart health benefits, this may not be the case after all.

    Leisure-time exercise -- whether it be ta...

    For People With PAD, Exercise Can Be Tough But Rewarding

    Fast-paced walking is painful for the millions of people with peripheral artery disease (PAD). But new research shows that a slower, pain-free pace won't cut it if improvement in mobility is the goal.

    The study included more than 300 of the roughly 8.5 million Americans with PAD. It's a condition in which plaque build-up in arteries slows the flow of blood to the legs.

    "People ...

    Healthy Living in Middle Age Really Pays Off in Senior Years

    Live well, live longer.

    New research offers more evidence that the mantra rings true: People who got regular exercise and ate a healthy diet in middle age had a reduced risk of serious health problems as seniors.

    "Health care professionals could use these findings to further promote and emphasize to their patients the benefits of a healthy diet and a regular exercise schedule t...

    Exercise Boosts Blood Flow to Brain, Keeping it Sharp

    Regular aerobic exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which may help slow mental decline in older adults, a new, small study suggests.

    Researchers from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center looked at 70 men and women diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This means there are slight changes to the brain that affect memory, decision-making or reasoning skills. In m...

    'Slow Walkers' at Higher Odds for Severe COVID-19

    If you saunter and shuffle instead of scurry when you walk, you are at higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, British researchers warn.

    For the study, the investigators analyzed data from more than 412,000 middle-aged Britons and found that among those whose weight was normal, slow walkers were more than twice as likely to develop severe COVID-19 and 3.75 times more likely...

    Migraines? Get Moving: Exercise Can Help Curb Attacks

    Anyone who gets frequent migraine symptoms knows the experience: the throbbing, the pain, the visual disturbances.

    Exercise has long been a potential way to reduce migraine triggers, but a new study suggests it could be an especially effective with triggers such stress, depression and trouble sleeping.

    "It's a complex relationship, but we know that exercise, generally speaking, help...

    New Hope Against Diseases Marked by Progressive Scarring of Lung Tissue

    An inhaled medication might make every day physical activity a bit easier for patients with serious scarring of the lungs, a new clinical trial finds.

    The study, published online Jan. 13 in the New England Journal of Medicine, involved patients with high blood pressure in the lungs caused by interstitial lung disease (ILD).

    ILD is a broad term for progressive scarring of th...

    B 11/18 Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed People Walk Again

    People paralyzed with spinal cord injuries can safely and effectively use an exoskeleton to assist them in walking, a new study finds.

    "Participants showed improvement regardless of level of injury, completeness or duration of injury," said Gail Forrest, director of the Tim and Caroline Reynolds Center for Spinal Stimulation at Kessler Foundation in East Hanover, N.J.

    The findings ...

    Sleepless After Bypass Surgery? Try a Morning Walk

    If you have trouble sleeping after heart bypass surgery, regular morning walks may provide relief, a new study suggests.

    "Many patients have trouble sleeping after heart bypass surgery," said researcher Dr. Hady Atef, of Cairo University in Egypt.

    "When this persists beyond six months, it exacerbates the heart condition and puts patients at risk of having to repeat the surg...

    Walking or Biking to Work Might Save Your Life

    Walking or biking to work may lower your risk of getting sick or dying early, British researchers report.

    "As large numbers of people begin to return to work as the COVID-19 lockdown eases, it is a good time for everyone to rethink their transport choices," said lead researcher Richard Patterson, from the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. Scientists from Imperial C...

    Vitamin D Might Aid Seniors' Recovery From Hip Fracture: Study

    After a broken hip, seniors who have sufficient vitamin D have better odds of walking, a new study finds.

    The study suggests that low levels of vitamin D could limit walking, according to researcher Sue Shapses, a professor of nutritional sciences at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

    Nearly 300 patients undergoing hip fracture repair were assessed after surgery in ...

    Up Your Steps to Lower Blood Pressure, Heart Study Suggests

    If you have high blood pressure, you can take steps to lower it by walking more every day, new research suggests.

    In the study, researchers analyzed data from about 640 adults who participated in the Framingham Heart Study, which focuses on heart disease risk factors and has been ongoing for more than 70 years.

    Participants were asked to wear smart watches that tracked the n...

    How Many Steps Per Day to Lengthen Your Life?

    For years, health experts have urged us to get off the couch and get moving. Now a new U.S. government study shows how much we stand to gain.

    The study, of more 4,800 Americans age 40 and up, found a clear pattern: The more steps people took each day, the less likely they were to die over the next 10 years.

    Those who managed at least 8,000 steps a day -- roughly equivalent t...

    Squat, Don't Sit: Study of African Tribe Shows Why One Position Is Healthier

    You've probably heard the phrase, "Sitting is the new smoking," but what is it about sitting that's so harmful?

    New research suggests it's because sitting doesn't require much use of your body's muscles.

    The study compared the daily activities of a modern-day African hunter-gatherer community called the Hadza, in Tanzania. It found that while the Hadza spent similar amount...

    Rx for Stressed-Out College Students: Spend Time With Nature

    Just a bit of time spent with nature each day can reduce college students' stress, researchers say.

    They reviewed studies on the effects of being in nature on 15- to 30-year-olds to see how much time college students should be spending outdoors and the best ways to reap the benefits.

    Ten to 50 minutes of sitting or walking in natural spaces did the most efficient job of impr...

    Even a Little Activity Keeps Aging Brains From Shrinking, Study Shows

    Take a walk, weed your garden, go for a swim or dance -- it could keep your brain from shrinking as you age, a new study suggests.

    Being physically active may keep your brain four years younger than the rest of you, which might help prevent or slow the progression of dementias like Alzheimer's disease, researchers say.

    "We recently published a paper using information of bo...

    Seniors, Getting Off the Sofa Brings Big Health Benefits

    Physical activity may help seniors live longer and healthier -- and exercise doesn't have to be intense, two new studies say.

    "Finding a way to physically move more in an activity that suits your capabilities and is pleasurable is extremely important for all people, and especially for older people who may have risk factors for cardiovascular diseases," said Barry Franklin, past chair ...

    Record Number of Pedestrian Deaths Seen in U.S.

    Walking on America's streets is getting ever more dangerous, a new report shows.

    Based on data from the first six months of 2019, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) predicts there were 6,590 pedestrian deaths that year, which would be a 5% increase over the 6,227 pedestrian deaths in 2018.

    The 2019 figure is the highest number of such deaths in more than 30 ...

    Heading to Work on a Bike? You Might Live Longer

    Do you ride your bike to work? If you don't, maybe you should.

    Why? People who commute by bicycle are at lower risk of dying early, a new study from New Zealand finds.

    Researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, the University of Melbourne and the University of Auckland found that those who cycled to work had a 13% reduction in death during the study period.

    Variety is Key for the Fittest Americans

    Very fit American adults enjoy a wider range of physical activities than those who are less active, a new study finds.

    The findings could help point to ways to boost physical activity in adults, according to the researchers.

    Data gathered from more than 9,800 adults nationwide between 2003 and 2006 showed that those who were active had done at least two different activities...

    Do Your Heart a Favor: Bike, Walk to Work

    Leave your car in the garage if you can: A new study suggests that walking or biking to work could cut your risk of a heart attack.

    The researchers analyzed 2011 data from 43 million working adults in England and found that 11.4% were active commuters, with 8.6% walking to work and 2.8% cycling to work.

    In areas where walking or cycling to work were more common i...

    Distracted by Their Smartphones, Pedestrians Are Landing in the ER

    Talking and texting on your smartphone is a big no-no for drivers, but new research suggests the same should be true for pedestrians.

    According to one database, more than 2,500 men and women went to an emergency room for head and neck injuries sustained while using a smartphone between 1998 and 2017. When that number is extrapolated to include the whole country, the total is likely to...

    Even a Little Exercise May Bring a Brain Boost

    Just 10 minutes of exercise a day appears to sharpen mental prowess, new research suggests.

    "Getting off the couch and walking a block can help keep you on the right track," said study author Nicole Spartano, a research assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine.

    Her team looked 2,770 participants in the Framingham Heart Study who were divided into two group...

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