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Walking and Depression

Walking and Lower Chance of Depression

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / December 5, 2023

Recent research findings show that moderate-intensity activity of as few as 20 minutes, 5 days per week, can lower risks of depressive symptoms and reduce the odds of experiencing major depression.

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Two women walking in an office after prolonged sitting

Walking After Prolonged Sitting

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / June 6, 2023

Most know prolonged sitting is bad for health, but what are the options? The answer: 5 minutes of walking for every 30 minutes of sitting.

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Daily walking reduced Alzheimer's risk.

Daily Walking Reduces Alzheimer’s Risk 

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / May 8, 2023

Research shows that for women ages 65 or older, each additional 31 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity was linked with a 21% lower risk of developing mild cognitive impairment or dementia.

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Woman looking at her wearable activity tracker

Walking With Wearable Activity Trackers

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / December 13, 2022

Wearable activity trackers encourage people to walk up to 40 minutes more per day, leading to more weight loss over 5 months.

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Person text messaging

Text Messaging Can Boost Daily Walking

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / April 1, 2022

Sending frequent text messaging about walking can increase the recipient’s daily steps, according to a study.

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Man with sleep deprivation

Sleep Deprivation Reduces Walking Efficiency

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / March 14, 2022

To add to our understanding of sleep, new findings show that sleep deprivation can undermine walking efficiency and increase clumsiness.

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Hiking Group

Hiking: It’s For Everyone!

By Judy Minich / December 6, 2021

Telling a person to “take a hike,” used to be a bit of an insult, but sending someone on a trek is really more of a favor. Besides having physical benefits, hiking improves mental health by fostering a relationship with nature. Research shows that spending time among trees and the great outdoors reduces blood pressure, lowers cortisol and adrenaline levels, and amps up the immune system (Mitten 2016).

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Older woman enjoying the benefits of brisk walking

Benefits of Brisk Walking for the Brain

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / November 9, 2021

In a study on the benefits of brisk walking, researchers found that aerobic exercise can improve the integrity of connective brain tissue.

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Trainer helping client with walking after a stroke

Faster Walking After a Stroke

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / November 9, 2021

If you work with stroke survivors, speed walking after a stroke will help them get a step ahead in their cognitive fitness.

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Taking Small Steps

Moving More Every Day

By Judy Minich / September 24, 2021

As you help your clients understand the benefits of moving more, it’s important to remind them that all movement doesn’t need to be done in the gym.

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Walking Speed Influences health.

Walking Speed: A Predictor of Functional Health

By Len Kravitz, PhD / April 17, 2018

Slow walking speed has been linked to a greater risk of mortality in older adults, while brisk walking has been linked to better health.

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