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How fast would you say you walk? New research shows that it is a predictor of heart-related death.
In a study published in the European Heart Journal, researchers collected data between 2006 and 2010 by the UK Biobank from nearly half a million middle-aged people across the UK. 420,727 people were included in the research because they were free from cancer and heart disease at the time of collecting their information.
The data showed that self-reported Slow walkers were around twice as likely to have a heart-related death compared to brisk walkers.
They also found that self-reported walking pace was a good indicator of exercise tolerance, which is related to physical fitness. So, those who said they were slow walkers weren't as physically fit as those who said they were brisk walkers.
This study can help healthcare providers when assessing patients. If the patient says they are a slow walker, then that may mean they have a low tolerance for exercise, aren't physically fit and are more likely to have a heart-related death.
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Your answer to this question may determine your lifespan...
"Would you say that you are physically more active, less active, or about equally active as other people your age?"
New research from Health Psychology, finds that people who think they are less active than others in a similar age bracket die younger than those who believe they are more active -- even if their actual activity levels are similar.
Whoa! The author of this research study says that this falls in line with current evidence on the mind - body connection.
And, we've known for a very long time that what you think, you become. So, if you believe that you are an inactive person, you are more likely to remain inactive and not seek out more exercise opportunities.
On the other hand, those that believe they are active will seek out more exercise opportunities and create a healthy lifestyle.
The researchers emphasize that the study is correlational in nature and thus does not prove that perceptions of inactivity cause earlier death.
I love how the author concludes this article. She says that it is important to not only engage in healthy activities, but also healthy thoughts.
We've known for awhile that is important for our children to be physically active. So I'm happy to see this study that puts a price tag on it.
In this study, increasing the percentage of elementary school children in the United States who participate in 25 minutes of physical activity three times a week from 32 percent to 50 percent would avoid $21.9 billion in medical costs and lost wages over the course of their lifetimes, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.
I hope that this encourages educators and legislators to invest more time in physical education funds for elementary schools. It has been cut from the budget in too many schools.
In a recent study, researchers were able to increase the aerobic endurance of mice with a pill. They gave the mice a chemical compound called GW1516 (GW).
The mice that were given the drug were able to run 70% longer than those who did not take the drug.
In addition to having increased endurance, mice who were given the drug were also resistant to weight gain and more responsive to insulin than the mice who were not on the drug.
Weiwei Fan, a Salk research associate and the paper's first author says, "It means you can improve endurance to the equivalent level as someone in training, without all of the physical effort."
I'm a firm believer in good old-fashioned exercise. The importance of living an active lifestyle go way beyond the physical benefits. There are emotional and mental benefits as well.
On the other hand, there are many people who are unable to lose weight and this drug could provide health benefits, prong lives and reduce medical costs.
What are your thoughts?