“Regular exercise is probably the best prescription for healthy aging, reports Consumer Reports. But fewer than 1 in 5 adults 65 or older gets the minimum recommended amount.”
“Sales within the core $18.8 billion U.S. outdoor industry declined 2% in the 12 months ending August 2018, according to The NPD Group. Beneath the surface, however, bags and outerwear have been growth opportunities for this wavering market.”
“Walking can be a wonderful way to get exercise. But do you ever wonder if you’re moving briskly enough to benefit your heart? There’s a quite a difference between a leisurely neighborhood stroll and a purposeful gait when you’re late for the bus. Now, new research suggests that a pace of about 100 steps per minute qualifies as brisk walking for many people, reports Harvard Health Publishing.”
A new study concludes that walking has the potential to significantly improve the public’s health. It finds regular walking, even if not meeting the minimum recommended levels, is associated with lower mortality compared to inactivity. The study appears early online in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
“The next time you have a check-up, don’t be surprised if your doctor hands you a prescription to walk. Yes, this simple activity that you’ve been doing since you were about a year old is now being touted as “the closest thing we have to a wonder drug,” in the words of Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Public health officials are eager to get Americans up on their feet and moving. An active lifestyle is associated with better health and lower medical costs. The 2014 Outdoor Recreation Participation study describes which consumers are engaging in the most exercise and which activities are most popular.