Step It Up! Make Our Communities More Walkable

Learn how you can help transform the place where live to a walking friendly community. Take just a few moments to watch "Step It Up! Help Make Our Communities Walkable". Everyone can help! The Surgeon General has provided a nice infographic to illustrate the role all can play in this effort. PositiveTip: Get involved in…

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Walking Lowers Risk of Stroke

A British study of over 3000 healthy men ages 60-80 found as their walking increased their risk of stroke decreased. Those who walked 8-14 hours per week had one-third the risk of stroke compared to those who walked 3 hours per week or less. When they upped their walking to 22 hours per week their…

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Run So You Won’t Stand Still

Researchers studied adults over 65 who either jogged or walked a minimum of 30 minutes, 3 times a week. The joggers could walk up to 10% more efficiently than those who only walked. In fact, when walking, those who usually jogged burned energy like young adults in their 20’s. The energy required to walk increases…

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The Health Benefits of Walking Groups

Are you having trouble sticking to a regular program of physical activity? Researchers in the U.K. found that a walking group may provide you the support you need, along with lower blood pressure, lower resting heart rate, lower body fat, and lower cholesterol. This meta-analysis of 42 studies demonstrated the dramatic improvement in health walking…

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Moderate Exercise Yields Big Time Benefits

Healthy, low-risk people derive tremendous benefits from moderate physical activity. A study of 13,000 runners found those in the lowest quintile (fewer than 6 miles or less than 52 minutes per week) experienced the greatest reductions in total mortality (30% less) and cardiovascular mortality (45% less). It did not have to be fast: a few miles at…

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How Your Phone Can Hurt You

We're inseparable from our cell phones, but there's a time to disconnect: when you're in motion. Distracted driving accounts for 25% of all motor vehicle accidents in US. A majority of both teens and adults admit to texting while driving. Even walking and texting is causing more accidents. Watch this brilliant Volkswagen stunt ad and…

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Outrun Breast Cancer

A study among breast cancer survivors found that runners who ran 2.25+ miles per day had a 95% reduced risk of breast cancer mortality, while walkers didn't show any significant reduction in risk. Previous larger-scale studies have found health benefits for both walking or running among breast cancer survivors. More research is needed to know…

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How Much Did You Walk Today?

A recent multi-national survey has found that 1 in 4 people have no idea how much they've walked in a day. Of those who tracked their walking, 50% were below the recommended 30 minutes a day. Even 15 minutes of moderate exercise (brisk walking) can improve your life expectancy. Positive Tip: Download an app, buy…

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Walk to school, get better grades?

It appears the “good ol’ days” of walking to school are also good for the brain. After tracking 1700 students aged 13-18, Spanish researchers found that female students who walked to school for longer than 15 minutes had a cognitive advantage over those who commuted by vehicle or those who walked for 15 minutes or…

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Walking to Work Lowers Risks of Obesity

Those who walk or bike to work have lower risks of obesity and diabetes compared with driving a car or going by taxi. Walking to work resulted in a 20% reduction in risk for obesity and a 40% reduction for diabetes. Although only 3% of the study group cycled to work, they experienced a 37%…

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