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Walking Advantages Tidbits

  • An Arizona State University study found that walking at 3mph, the body drew almost entirely on fat reserves for energy. At 4mph, the body started using carbohydrates since the body could not burn fat fast enough to supply all the needed energy. They believe this is the reason people feel comfortable walking at 3mph.

  • In a study of women with high blood pressure, 40% achieved normal blood pressure, while another 20% went from the danger zone to borderline normal by adding 4,000 to 5,000 steps a day. The average blood pressure dropped 11 points. (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Nov. 2001)

  • In an 8 year study at UCSF of 6,000 women age 65 and older, those who exercised the most, but not strenuous exercise, had the least cognitive decline and memory loss.

  • In a Boston study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, analyzing 120,000 women, those who walked three or more hours a week had a 30% lower heart disease rate and that went down to 40% for women that walked for five or more hours a week.

  • One man began walking 15,000 steps each day, and loss 55 lbs and 6 inches.

  • A woman loss 70 lbs within a year by adding walking as part of her morning routine.

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