Friday, September 22, 2006

Walking For Health: Take Four

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How much time do you have for the keep-yourself-healthy-even-if-it-kills-you craze? Forty minutes per day? Perfect! But... How do you best invest your limited time? Do you jump in, fleet feet flying, and take a forty-minute cruise around the park? Or, do you pace yourself, timid toes tapping, and take four quick ten minute jaunts to the corner and back? Let's find out.

A recent study, reported in the Journal of Hypertension, gives the nod to the short and frequent crowd. Researchers found the short walks reduced blood pressure for between ten and eleven hours, as compared to a reduction of seven hours following a single long walk. They theorize the shorter walks, with a break in between, do a better job restoring balance to the nerves that control blood pressure.

What's your pleasure? Whether you're the one-and-done dancer, or the pay-as-you-go pacer, the numbers show walking puts you on the right side of the high blood pressure curve. So, do yourself a favor when it comes to walking - take one.

For more, see this article in Reuters.


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