Regular walking regimen 'can help improve heart health'

25 November 2016

Following a simple walking regimen could be an important way of helping people to improve their heart health, according to a new report.

The study from the State University of New York at Binghamton found that moderately intensive walking can improves cardiovascular risk factors in the short term, a conclusion formed after conducting a study involving a group of 70 women. 

Subjects took part in a community walking programme in which they were given a programmable pedometer to wear for waking hours over a ten-week period. During this time, they were asked to walk briskly for at least 150 minutes per week.

Participants were also offered a challenge to increase their aerobic activity, asking them to try and increase their total daily average of aerobic steps by at least ten per cent for the remainder of the study after the first five weeks.

The results of a subsequent test confirmed the team's initial hypothesis that the walking programme would improve cardiovascular risk factors in the short term.

Pamela Stewart Fahs, associate dean, professor and chair in rural nursing at the Binghamton University Decker School of Nursing, said: "I believe there is a need to test for effects of a built-in challenge within a programme to see if that helps motivate participants to participate longer and/or produces more successful outcomes."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 


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