Joining a Regular Walking Group May Help Reduce Health Risks

A meta-analysis of 42 studies found that walking groups are effective and safe, with good adherence and wide-ranging health benefits. Among 1843 participants from over 14 countries, those who joined walking groups experienced significant reductions in blood pressure, body fat, BMI, resting heart rate, and total cholesterol. Walkers also demonstrated improved lung function, better general fitness, and lower depression levels. The evidence was less clear for other outcomes related to waist circumference, fasting glucose, mental health scores, and serum lipid levels. The findings are published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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A meta-analysis of 42 studies found that walking groups are effective and safe, with good adherence and wide-ranging health benefits. Among 1843 participants from over 14 countries, those who joined walking groups experienced significant reductions in blood pressure, body fat, BMI, resting heart rate, and total cholesterol. Walkers also demonstrated improved lung function, better general fitness, and lower depression levels. The evidence was less clear for other outcomes related to waist circumference, fasting glucose, mental health scores, and serum lipid levels. The findings are published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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