AARP Healthy Living: Cutting through the Health Space Clutter for the Consumer

Information and advice on living more healthy lives, it seems, is everywhere. It’s on every platform, digital and traditional—online and print, videos and books, webinars and live seminars, network news and online features. That may seem to be a good thing, but quantity is not necessarily so.  In the healthy living space, the information flows at seemingly unmanageable volume; moreover, one piece of advice or information often contradicts another, potentially leaving the consumer overwhelmed and frustrated—and, as result, perhaps complacent …

Lesson from the AARP Challengers: The Best Ingredient for Fitness is…Fun

AARP launched its Healthy Living work this year with a Challenge: Walk 30 minutes a day for eight weeks.  Seem like a lot?  Maybe so—seem, that is. In fact, for 82,000 entrants (known as “Challengers”) participating in our Fit & Fun Challenge sweepstakes, the result was 96,000 daily walks and over 125,000 weekly activities designed to motivate one another, share progress across the community, and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. More than mere metrics confirmed that the Challenge—which featured AARP’s Wellness …

Slow Walking May Be a Sign of Early Alzheimer’s

Good news for speed walkers. Many studies have shown that walking and other exercise helps protect the brain as we age. Now a new study finds that slow walking speed may be a sign of early Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in France studied 128 people in their 70s who did not have dementia but were considered high risk because they had concerns about their memories. The participants had scans to measure amyloid plaques in their brains. (The buildup of these plaques …

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, 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 leaders and organizers …

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 …

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 …