The New Walk­ing Rx

Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

If you spent decades putting fit­ness on the back burner, it’s not too late to lace up those sneak­ers and get mov­ing now—and there’s a new rea­son to do just that. A study by re­searchers at McMaster Univer­sity found that when a group of seden­tary adults age 60 and older be­gan a reg­u­lar in­ter­val walk­ing reg­i­men, they showed sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in both phys­i­cal en­durance and mem­ory. Try it for your­self: Hop on a tread­mill and start at an easy walk­ing pace. Crank up the in­cline for four min­utes, so your heart rate rises and you’re ex­ert­ing more ef­fort, then bring it back to level and walk eas­ily for three min­utes. Re­peat three times. No gym? Find an out­door hill and do the same thing.

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