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Walking Improves Cardiovascular Risk Factors in the Short Term

by Bidita Debnath on November 27, 2016 at 9:09 PM
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 Walking Improves Cardiovascular Risk Factors in the Short Term

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.

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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.

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.
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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
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