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Group Walking May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke and Depression

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services set a goal of 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week for adults as part of its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Unfortunately, in 2013 a follow-up survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that almost half of adults in the U.S. do not meet those guidelines.

A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine is making a good argument for regular brisk walking. The research looked at 42 studies with a total of 1,843 participants whose exercise habits were tracked on a daily basis. Several of the participants joined walking groups that took daily excursions under an hour in length in outdoor environments.

The participants who joined walking groups saw a significant reduction in many of the health conditions that can cause heart disease and stroke such as the following.

  • High blood pressure
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Resting heart rate
  • Total cholesterol

The group walkers also showed better lung power and general overall fitness. Additionally, the members of the walking groups had lower levels of depression, and 75 percent of the participants stuck to the group walking routines.

Researchers believe that the group aspect of the walking helped with the lower rates of depression and higher rates of continuation. A similar study published in September 2014 by the University of Michigan found that group nature walks improved mental health and well-being.

Regular Moderate Exercise May Help Chronic Disabilities

Regular, moderate exercise may help improve disabling conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. However, many severe disabling conditions make it impossible to perform moderate exercise or job functions. If you have a disabling condition that prevents you from working and you believe you are entitled to disability benefits, Disability Help Group is here to help. Call today for help with your case – 1-(800)-800-3332.