A simple walking regimen can go a long way in improving your heart health and keep you fit, suggest researchers. "We know walking is an excellent form of exercise, but research has been mixed on how successful a walking programme can be in changing biological markers such as cholesterol, weight, blood pressure," said Pamela Stewart Fahs, Professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York. The researchers found that moderately intensive walking improves cardiovascular risk factors in the short term. For the study, a group of 70 women were tested as part of their volunteer participation in a community walking programme. ‘Walking is an excellent form of exercise, moderately intensive walking improves cardiovascular risk factors in the short term.’ Participants were given a programmable pedometer to wear for waking hours over a 10-week period and asked to walk briskly for at least 150 minutes per week. On completion of the programme, participants' weight, BMI, blood pressure and cholesterol were measured. They were also asked to complete a survey about their physical activity, food choices, personal characteristics and behaviour from the 10-week period. The results of their post-test confirmed the team's initial hypothesis that walking would improve cardiovascular risk factors in the short term. The study was published in the journal Creative Nursing.Source: IANS << Look Like a Fashion Diva Even in Winter Rediscover the Beauty Benefits of Mustard Oil >> Recommended Reading Moderately Intensive Walking Regimen can Improve Your Heart Health Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, can be combated by implementing a simple walking regimen. READ MORE Walking and Cycling can Cut Cardiovascular Death in Elderly by 50% Moderate physical activities such as walking and cycling are associated with a greater than 50% reduction in cardiovascular death in people over the age of 65. READ MORE Brisk Walking Better Than Jogging to Combat Pre-diabetes Regular brisk walking may be more effective than vigorous jogging for improving glucose control in individuals with pre-diabetes. READ MORE Babies’ First Steps May Help People Recover From Walking Disabilities Babies are born with just two walking primitives and this primitive stepping reflex is the foundation on which children build an independent walking motion. READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE PLAC Test for Cardiovascular Disease Ensure your heart health by getting a PLAC test. Prevent heart attack and stroke by detecting your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Find a Doctor Blood Pressure Calculator The Essence of Yoga More News on: Body Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExercisePLAC Test for Cardiovascular DiseaseWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?