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People Located Near Bike Lanes and Walking Paths Exercise More (A Lot More)

Posted on 08/1/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Shyidah Sala’huddin, AARP: Not exercising isn’t completely your fault. A study conducted in the United Kingdom by the University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit (and published in July by the American Journal of Public Health) finds that people who live near bike lanes and walking paths are likely to exercise at least 40 minutes more a week than people who don’t have easy access to such traffic-free routes. In fact, for every 0.6 miles a person resides near …

To Help Painful Knees, Start Counting to 6,000

Posted on 06/16/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWalking is the best, easiest way to avoid or reduce the pain of arthritic knees, but up to now no one seemed to agree on just how much walking was needed to get the most benefit. Now a new study suggests it’s less than we thought. Even though several guidelines say at least 10,000 steps a day are optimal, researchers with Boston University say only 6,000 steps are needed — the equivalent of about 60 minutes of walking — to …

Poll: Nearly half of adults 50+ are currently trying to lose weight

Posted on 02/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthRecently, I wrote about New Year’s resolutions and that, among those 50 years and older with resolutions, 25% are working on health/fitness goals–the largest category by far. We’ve found this focus on health and fitness in a variety of other research too. For example, AARP research shows that when many people are turning 50, they set a goal to lose weight and get in shape before that big day. In an AARP  study of conversations online about 50th birthdays, losing …

7 Ways to Fight Your Sugar Addiction

Posted on 02/5/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor those of us with a sweet tooth — which appears to be most of the country — the newest research carries some bitter news: Americans eat way too much sugar, and it’s killing us. In one of the biggest studies to examine the issue, researchers from the government and two universities found a link between high sugar consumption and fatal heart disease. The study was published February 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The culprit, they believe, is all the sugar …

New Year’s Resolutions? How About Two Easy Ones

Posted on 12/31/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhat are your New Year’s resolutions for 2014? You don’t have any? Join the club. Turns out, according to a new CBS News poll, most Americans are giving up on making resolutions. Some 68 percent of Americans are skipping the annual tradition, and of those who do make resolutions, about half don’t keep them. It does depend on your age, however. Nearly half of those under 30 — those idealistic little darlings — still like to make resolutions, while those …

Don’t Rush: Long, Slow Walks Cut Stroke Risk

Posted on 11/18/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf a new British study is right, slow and steady wins the (health) race for older men trying to lower their risk of stroke. According to researchers, it wasn’t how fast the men walked, but how long and how often they walked. Long daily strolls were much more important than short brisk walks. In the study of  3,435 men ages 60 to 80, researchers found that walking for an hour or two a day (or eight to 14 hours a …