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Walking helps seniors

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More on walking—I’m surrounded! Kelley Collihan reports for WebMD:

A new study by researchers at the University of Georgia shows that older folks who kept up with a walking program for four months had “significant” health improvements over a group that didn’t walk.

“In the past decade, researchers have focused on the benefits of strength training in maintaining independence, but until now we didn’t have good evidence using an objective performance measure that a walking program would improve physical functioning,” researcher M. Elaine Cress, PhD says in a news release.

“Our study found that walking offers tremendous health benefits that can help older adults stay independent,” says Cress, a professor of kinesiology and a researcher in the University of Georgia Institute of Gerontology.

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19 July 2008 at 12:16 pm

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More confirmation of benefits of walking

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Again:

Research from Duke University Medical Center shows that even a modest amount of brisk walking weekly is enough to trim waistlines and cut the risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS), an increasingly frequent condition linked to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.

It’s estimated that about a quarter of all U.S. adults have MetS, a cluster of risk factors associated with greater likelihood of developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke: large waist circumference, high blood pressure, high levels of triglycerides, low amounts of HDL, or “good” cholesterol, and high blood sugar. To be diagnosed with MetS, patients must have at least three of these five risk factors, and according to many studies, a growing number of people do.

But Johanna Johnson, a clinical researcher at Duke Medical Center and the lead author of a new study examining the impact of exercise on MetS, said a person can lower risk of MetS by walking just 30 minutes a day, six days per week. “That’s about 11 miles per week. And our study shows that you’ll benefit even if you don’t make any dietary changes.”

“The results of our study underscore what we have known for a long time,” said Duke cardiologist William Kraus. “Some exercise is better than none; more exercise is generally better than less, and no exercise can be disastrous.”

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17 December 2007 at 11:35 am

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How to get walking: computer phone calls

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Interesting indeed:

Computer-generated phone calls may be an effective, low-cost way to encourage sedentary adults to exercise, according to a recent study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Results of the yearlong study found that regular telephone calls delivered from either live health educators or by an automated computer system successfully prodded inactive adults into a regular 150-minute per week exercise program.

What most surprised researchers was that the computer calls were almost as effective as the calls by a real person.

“This is the first study to directly compare the efficacy of a physical activity program delivered by a computer versus humans and found them to work similarly well,” said lead author Abby King, PhD, professor of health research and policy and a senior investigator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. “Theoretically, it could be delivered to anybody around the country or around the world, and could save time and money.

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4 December 2007 at 11:13 am

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Hmm. I do have a pedometer

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Look at this:

The use of a pedometer and a Web site that tracked physical activity levels proved to be powerful motivators for people with diabetes who participated in a recent walking study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan Health System and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. The study also suggests that certain types of goal-setting may be more effective than others.

All participants in the study wore pedometers and received automated weekly goals that were based on their previous week’s walking activity. For half of the participants these goals were “lifestyle goals,” meaning that any step taken during the day counted. The other half received “structured goals,” in which only steps taken during long walks that lasted at least 10 minutes counted. These participants had a smaller target number of steps to take in a day than the lifestyle group.

Study participants in both groups increased their walking significantly during the program and there was no difference between the groups in terms of increased walking. However, the type of goals that participants were given in the six-week study strongly influenced their satisfaction with the program. Those who received lifestyle goals were more satisfied with the walking program, and wore the pedometer more days during the study period and for more hours during each day than those who received structured goals.

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19 November 2007 at 3:30 pm

Ah, nothing like a 54 min 40 sec walk

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Especially when listening to the Goon Show on the new Cowon D2. Very good, and went by quickly, it seemed.

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30 October 2007 at 2:23 pm

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Cowon D2

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Okay, the Wired tests of desirable techie toys did me in. I got a Cowon D2 media player, which now comes in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB versions, all of which will accept a memory expansion card: the SD 4GB card (at $35), for example. It’s all flash memory, no tiny hard drives—and thus no moving parts. And—a biggie for me—it will play not only .MP3 files, but also Ogg, FLAC, and others.

It’s very nice that it will accept and display .jpg files. I use my Adobe Photoshop Elements ver. 4.0 to cut down the filesize while leaving the image quality by-and-large intact: File, Save for Web. That option lets you specify the quality level, and even “High” quality will trim a 2 MB .jpg to 100 KB or so. One caution: there’s a checkbox on the “Save for Web” popup that lets you specify the result as a “Progressive” .jpg—a .jpg that, on a Web page, becomes progressively clearer. The D2 will not accept Progressive .jpgs, so uncheck the box. Fortunately, the box is “sticky” and will remain the way you set it.

Another minor sticking point: when you download and install the upgraded firmware (following the very clear directions on the Cowon Web page), the USB connection is set to “MTB”. It should be changed to “MSC” or the Jetshell program, which runs on your PC and facilitates file management on the D2, will not be able to find the device. So after updating firmware, go to Settings, System, USB connection, and change it from MTB to MSC.

Other than that, it’s been clear sailing. The tiny stylus is not really needed, and I use different headphones since those that come with the unit don’t fit my ear. I noticed after the walk yesterday that I was sweating enough to steam up the unit a little—I was carrying it in my shirt pocket. I got out a snack-size Ziplock baggie and the D2 fits very nicely in it. I zip the baggie shut except for one end, from which the headphone cord emerges, and I can see the screen and work the controls without removing the D2 from the baggie.

I got them as a deal with myself: if I get them, I must walk, since the purpose was to have something to listen to on the walk. So far, so good. (One day.)

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30 October 2007 at 10:33 am

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Still walking

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Today: 45 minutes 22 seconds—and I added a block to what I walked yesterday. I’ll add another tomorrow.

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16 October 2007 at 3:00 pm

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Walking

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Today, doorstep back to doorstep: 45 minutes 36 seconds. I’ve stopped counting blocks, just looking at time.

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15 October 2007 at 1:38 pm

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Walk already done

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I took my walk early today. It was 11 or 12 blocks out—I lose count, but certainly a block farther than Friday. And it took 32.5 minutes. Closing in on goal…

My legs and back seem to be recovering: less soreness and stiffness. It will be nice when I can stop walking a longer distance each day.

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8 October 2007 at 11:03 am

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Day 10 of walking: 10 blocks out, 10 back

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And just over 30 minutes. So it looks very much as though a week from today I’ll be at the 45-minute walk mark, where I’ll remain until this new habit is nailed down. Still using lunchtime as a trigger, which works quite well: finish the sandwich, then head out the door.

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5 October 2007 at 12:39 pm

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Still walking

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Today was just past  28 minutes. It really does look as though by the end of next week I’ll be at the 45 minute goal.

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4 October 2007 at 2:11 pm

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5 days of walking

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The lunchtime trigger seems to work: I finish my sandwich, then walk out the door. Today’s walk was 5 blocks out, so 10 blocks total. (These are smallish, Monterey blocks, not the enormous city blocks.) Total was 15 minutes, so by the end of the third week—two weeks from today—I should be at the 45 minute minimum the doctor requested. Of course, as I continue walking I  may end up having to add another block or two because my speed will improve.

I notice already that I’m sleeping more soundly. Nothing like getting tired to help with sleep.

I wear New Balance walking shoes, model 1046. New Balance keeps discontinuing models, which is irritating.

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28 September 2007 at 12:42 pm

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Walking

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Day 4, so four blocks out and four blocks back: 12 minutes, which is more than 1/4th of the way to the goal. I must say that having a “trigger” for the walk (in my case, eating lunch) makes it easier and more natural to swing into the exercise: eat lunch, take walk. Even I can learn that. I dug out my NL-2000 pedometer and do you know what? Every day this week I’ve logged more steps than the previous day! Odd, how that works.

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27 September 2007 at 12:11 pm

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Exercise plan

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I’ve got to exercise. No doubt about it. So I was particularly taken with this post at Zen Habits on how to (re)build an exercise habit.

So: the exercise will be walking, the trigger lunch. My goal is to work up to 45 minutes, 5 days a week (M-F). I will start by walking one block from here, then back. I’ll add a block a day until I reach 45 minutes. If I find this is going too fast, I can stop adding a block for a while until I’m ready to resume.

In addition to the walking, I should do some strength training. I’ve been impressed by Miriam Nelson’s various books on the topic (and even have some). But I think I’ll hold off on that until 1 October, then work it in on MWF.

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23 September 2007 at 9:39 am

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