According to a new study, executed by an international team of scientists from the University of Sydney in Australia, the University of Limerick in Ireland, and the Universities of the Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Ulster, UK, those people who walk fast may have higher chances to live longer.
For the research, the scientists analyzed 11 population-based surveys conducted in the United Kingdom between 1994 and 2008 from 50,552 walkers. The analysis showed that an average walking pace was associated with a 20% lower risk of death from all causes while walking fast, about 5–7 km per hour, was linked to 24% lower risk.
Lead researchers Prof. Emmanuel Stamatakis says: “Especially in situations when walking more isn’t possible due to time pressures or a less walking-friendly environment, walking faster may be a good option to get the heart rate up — one that most people can easily incorporate into their lives.”
According to a study, recently published in the journal Psychological Science, the more time you spent with your best friends in childhood, the likelier you have a healthy weight and blood pressure in adulthood.
For the study, the researchers analyzed data from a large study of 267 adults whose social lives were monitored between the ages of 6 and 16. The results of the analysis showed that adults who used to spend a lot of time with their buddies in childhood had lower blood pressure levels and body mass index (BMI) at the age 32.
Jenny M. Cundiff, one of the study authors from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, USA, says: “These findings suggest that our early social lives may have a small protective influence on our physical health in adulthood, and it’s not just our caregivers or financial circumstances, but also friends who may be health protective.”
Researchers from the University of London discovered that people who listened to live music for 20 minutes had 21% boost in their mood while those who took yoga class had only 10%.
For their study, scientists performed psychometric tests on 60 people who either went to a Paloma Faith music concert, a yoga class or walked their dog. After completing the 40 question quiz, the participants were formed into three groups to monitor their heart rates.
Patrick Fagan, an expert in behavioral science and associate lecturer at Goldsmith’s University in London, says: “Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness, and wellbeing – with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key.”
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages on the planet, having both big fans and haters. Nevertheless, numerous studies from different countries prove that java has many benefits for our health. Here are 7 advantages of drinking coffee:
Drinking one cup of coffee a day linked to 22% lower risk of cirrhosis.
Three to four cups of coffee a day connected to 19% lower risk to die from cardiovascular disease.
One coffee a day associated with 7% lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
At least one cup every day linked to 15% reduced risk of liver cancer and 8% reduced risk of endometrial cancer.
Regular coffee drinkers are approximately 16% less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or cognitive decline.
At least one cup of coffee a week associated with 15% lower risk of depression.
People who drink at least one cup of coffee a day have 12% lower risk of overall mortality.