Do This for 15 Minutes. You’ll Live Longer

There’s no debate that exercise can help us live a longer, healthier life. But let’s say you have a chronic health condition that makes exercise difficult. Or maybe you’re just very busy. Is there a minimum amount of exercise older adults can do to reap at least some benefits? If you ask the federal government, as well as numerous other national and international health agencies, the answer is 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous exercise — basically 30 minutes …

Walk and Talk at the National Walking Summit

As a member of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, an America Walks initiative, AARP Livable Communities will be walking to and talking at the second annual National Walking Summit, to be held in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-30. The event is the only national meeting that brings together the multiple supporters, allies and experts who are working to increase walking and make communities more livable and walkable. The summit’s workshops and sessions include numerous educational and “netwalking” activities, among them: America Walks “Walk the Hill” Day: Join …

We’re So Lazy. And It’s Getting Worse

How bad are Americans about not getting any physical activity whatsoever? Really bad. Like record-setting bad. The proof: A new survey by the Physical Activity Council (PAC) finds that the number of “totally sedentary” Americans is the highest it’s been since 2007. Roughly 83 million Americans ages 6 and up — about a third of the population — were physically inactive in 2014, nearly 3 million more than in 2013. That means they didn’t participate in any one of 104 …

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

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 a dedicated walking path or …

Helping Your Knees, Step-by-6,000-Steps

Walking 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

Recently, 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 …