The act of walking may even lift our spirits when we’re walking around inside a nondescript building.
It was the military’s experience with blisters that led Dr. Grant Lipman to conduct this new study.
While 74 percent of the Americans surveyed said “other people” are usually or always walking while distracted, only 29 percent admitted to doing it themselves.
“Physical activity,” researchers say, “is one of the best modifiable factors for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases and mortality.” That makes it one of the best medicines we can take.
For all the time Americans spend embracing health fads, they still largely undertake a simple activity every single weekday that’s associated with obesity, high blood pressure, sleeplessness, and general unhappiness.
The study’s findings add to the growing body of research that suggests exposure to nature improves psychological well-being, especially when it is combined with walking.
The data were collected from more than 7,500 people participating in an ongoing, nationally represented study in the U.K.
The difference is small but significant, given the coming bump in the number of people age 65 and older.