|From Euro Weekly News 29 January – 4 February 2015
Walking in a group is better for your health
WALKING can do more than put a spring in your step; It can help reduce your risk of lifethreatening disorders such as stroke, heart disease and depression, particularly if you walk in groups. Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UK) carried out a review of 42 studies that looked at participants in 14 countries, who walked in groups for a total of 74,000 hours.
They found that when people walked together they naturally walked further and faster offering greater health benefits and physical fitness. They also reported that people who walk in groups tend to have a more positive attitude toward physical activity, a shared experience of wellness, and say they felt less lonely and isolated.
Experts recommend 150 minutes a week of moderate activity such as brisk walking.
Pictures from past walks on the old U3A site