Topic: Walking

8 Ways To Walk More (Even If You Work A Desk Job And Drive Everywhere)

8 Ways To Walk More (Even If You Work A Desk Job And Drive Everywhere)

“Walk more.” That’s the simple health advice pushed by studies that consistently prove walking is one of the most important ways to stay active, manage your weight, and protect against health conditions. Most recently, researchers found that walking lowers stroke risk for women, and last month, the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, declared that she and the CDC are working on a special report to serve as a “call to action on walking.” And that’s good news, because compared to spin classes, high-intensity interval training, and all the other popular ways of getting in shape, walking is one of the easiest and most accessible, right? Wrong. More »

Back to Fitness: Get the Most Out of Walking

Back to Fitness: Get the Most Out of Walking

Actress Jennifer Hudson credits walking for jump-starting her 80-pound weight loss success, but walking for weight-loss is still more likely to conjure images of seniors in sweat-suits or the dreaded Mall Walkers than svelte Hollywood actresses. That’s a shame, because walking is one of the easiest, cheapest and most pleasant ways to burn calories, fight fat and get in shape. It works the body’s major muscle groups in tandem, raises your heart rate and can help lower your blood pressure (with a fraction of the impact running has on your joints). More »

Your Brain On Exercise—And Finally Remembering Where You Put Your Keys

Your Brain On ExerciseâAnd Finally Remembering Where You Put Your Keys

We’ve all had those sudden realizations that we’re getting older: We’re chatting with a friend, and suddenly we can’t remember the name of her kids or the street she lived on. “Oh crap, Im losing my mind,” is far more scary than realizing that you’ve put on five pounds. As many of us in our 30s and 40s well know, you don’t have to be elderly to experience these sometimes embarrassing and disconcerting moments. We can chalk it up to stress, sleeplessness, distraction, and now researchers say, a lack of something as simple as walking. More »

Want to Get in Shape? Forget a Coach, Get a Dog!

Want to Get in Shape? Forget a Coach, Get a Dog!

In honor of National Take Your Dog to Work Day, we want to celebrate our four-legged friends for all they do for our health.

Did you know that dog owners have serious health advantages? For one, 61 percent of them walk their pooches regularly. These folks are not only much more likely to meet the recommended physical-activity guidelines of at least 150 minutes a week, but they are also more likely to run with their dogs — adding more intense fitness for man and his best friend. More »

Don’t Buy a Dog For Your Health

Don't Buy a Dog For Your Health

This week’s issue of the New York Times‘ Science Times is devoted to animals, with a lineup of articles that spans everything from health to food to emotions. They’ve given us interesting food for thought, but they’ve also presented some ethical conundrums: One article debates the moral grounds of vegetarianism, Mark Bittman scolds us for considering pets more equal than the animals we find on our dinner plates, and another tells us to forget the treadmill and get a dog. They present several wonderful debates to liven up our dinner conversation, but the bit about replacing our gyms with dogs really strikes a nerve: I’m no animal rights activist, but even I find it alarming to treat a dog like a fitness toy. Dogs require time, money, and commitment that no treadmill will ever ask you for, and they deserve a lot more love and consideration than a gym. Could they also benefit your health? Definitely. But that’s not reason enough to get a pet. (You’d probably lose weight chasing a toddler around, but that’s not a very good reason to adopt one, is it?) More »