“Our study adds to the growing body of evidence that social and environmental factors contribute significantly to longevity,” says Rajan Bhardwaj, the study’s lead author.
Compared to people who walked 4,000 steps per day (the equivalent of about 2 miles), those who walked 8,000 steps per day were half as likely to die within the decade, a study found.
Distracted pedestrians have become an urgent — and growing — public health concern. An estimated 6,283 pedestrians in the U.S. were hit and killed by a vehicle in 2018, the highest number since 1990.
The results suggest that the ways we — as individuals and as a society — choose to transport ourselves, particularly in our cities, can have a direct impact on our health.
Few previous studies have examined how physical activity influences the quality of sleep of healthy adults.
If neighborhoods also offer good access to public transportation that can take their residents further afield, people are apt to walk even more, the study also found.
People are unlikely to visit their neighborhood park often unless they perceive the park to be easy and safe to get to on foot, the study found.
The study found that older women who took an average of 4,400 steps per day were 41 percent less likely to die within the next four years than those who took only 2,700 steps per day.
The study’s authors strongly recommend that dog owners get obedience training for their pets so that the animals don’t suddenly lunge while on a leash.
The study also found that taking frequent breaks from sitting throughout the day enhances the beneficial effect of exercise on blood pressure. But that effect was seen only among women.
For adults aged 21 to 40, walking about 100 steps per minute constitutes moderate intensity, the study found.
Few of us ask where the 10,000-steps-a-day goal came from. Why that particular number of steps? Why not 5,000 — or 15,000?
The benefits appear to be even greater for people who also walk or cycle for transport when doing errands or other daily activities.
The findings underscore one of the biggest barriers to getting people to use more active forms of transportation: the perceived time commitment.
“Walking in groups tended to increase life satisfaction and may also improve social connectedness,” said Catherine Meads, the study’s lead author.
For the current study, researchers used data collected from more than 16,741 women in the ongoing Women’s Health Study.
The walking doesn’t have to be fast-paced. In the current study, the average pace of the participants was three miles per hour, or a 20-minute mile.
Activity inequality is the difference in each country between people who walk a lot and those who walk very little. A new study found this type of inequality to be a powerful predictor of obesity.
Women are walking more than they were in the past, but for men, that trend has stalled in recent years. Walking was least prevalent among blacks and people with less than a college education.
The findings suggest that communities could greatly increase the health of their residents by implementing policies that increase active commuting, particularly cycling.