A leisurely walk is a good way to start towards weight loss

Science Daily reports

Ray Browning, a doctoral student in CU-Boulder’s integrative physiology department and lead author on the new study, said the results show that people who walk a mile at a leisurely pace burn more calories than if they walk a mile at their normal pace. In addition, those who walk at 2 miles per hour rather than 3 miles per hour reduce the loads on their knee joints by up to 25 percent.

“The message is that by walking more slowly, obese individuals can burn more calories per mile and may reduce the risk of arthritis or joint injury,” he said.

Because walking slowly may not significantly improve an obese person’s level of cardiovascular fitness, performing other vigorous lower-impact activities like swimming, cycling, step routines and elliptical training workouts also are recommended, said Browning.

The original press release is online.

This says that your stroll around the campground to see what other rigs look like and what else is happening doesn’t have to be in a big hurry. Take your time and smell the roses. A good half hour or more of being out and about, even at a leisurely pace is good for you.


Another news item in the same publication notes that

One in three individuals over the age of 65 will fall in the next year. One fall in 200 will result in a broken hip. One-half of seniors who break a hip never regain their full degree of mobility, and one-quarter die within six months. Falls account for $26 billion in medical costs each year.

Graduate engineering students working with Thomas Andriacchi, professor of mechanical engineering and orthopedic surgery, recently developed a “smart” ankle brace for the elderly to correct imbalances and prevent falling. The Stanford Biodesign Innovation Program sponsored the interdisciplinary project.

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