For older adults, walking a little faster, or for a few extra blocks, increases the heart-healthy benefits of your stroll, a new study finds.
In the study, the researchers found that older adults who walked faster than 3 miles per hour had a 50 percent lower risk of heart disease than those who walked at a pace slower than 2 miles per hour.
In addition, those who walked an average of seven blocks daily had a 47 percent lower risk of heart disease than those who walked five or fewer blocks each week, according to the study, published today (Nov. 19) in the journal Circulation.
"Our study of older Americans shows that, even late in life, moderate physical activity such as walking is linked to lower incidence of cardiovascular disease," Luisa Soares-Miranda, a postdoctoral student at the University of Porto in Portugal and lead author of the study, said in a statement.
"Fortunately, walking is an activity that many older adults can enjoy," Soares-Miranda said.
And who walks more than anyone else I know? Why moi!
So photo dump (click on the first one to see each one better and use your arrow keys to scroll through them):
|He loved my mother!|
|Look at how soft her "flesh" looks.|