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Walking is ‘great exercise’ for older women

Walking has been recommended as a particularly effective way for women to lose weight, because the intensity can be varied depending on fitness levels.

Speaking to the Montreal Gazette, women’s exercise expert and director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity Miriam Nelson explained that walking is particularly good for older women.

Her comments follow research published in the Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association earlier this month, suggesting that walking more than two hours per week can help women to reduce their risk of stroke.

The study indicated that walking can lower the risk of total, clot-related and bleeding strokes.

Ms Nelson told the newspaper: “You should feel that your heart rate is elevated. But it is not so intense that you are sweating a lot, unless, of course, it is hot outside.

“And remember that exercise intensity is relative. A brisk walk for one lady may be a stroll for another.”


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23 Apr
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  • SHEENA

    I AM AN OLDER WOMEN AND LOVE WALKING. ME AND MY HUSBAND COLIN GO FOR LONG WALKS TO THE LAKE DISTRICT AT LEAST A FEW TIMES A MONTH. WE ALSO ENJOY HILL WALKING – WE REALLY NEED NEW WALKING BOOTS THOUGH! IT MAKES US FEEL MUCH HEALTHIER AND IT IS VERY ENJOYABLE FOR US RETIRED FOLK.

  • Angel

    I love walking! I walk whenever possible and even on weekends I try to walk 3 mile each day, it’s great exercise.

  • Donna

    I think walking is good for people of any age. Got two kids, 5 and 11 and I try and get them to walk as much as possible. It’s amazing how much healthier you feel. I’ve also started to walk to work, not very far but still gives me the exercise that I need. Get those feet walking guys 🙂