Walking Faster May Help You Live Longer, a Big Study Says

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.walking fast may help you 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.”

Unsuitable Footwear Increases the Risk of Injury While Jogging

injuryA new study shows that ignorance of the basic techniques of proper running and the use of unsuitable walking shoes increase the chances of getting an ankle injury during training.

Since during the run, the athlete, as a rule, lands on the heels, it is important that the force of this impact on the ground is compensated by special footwear. Otherwise, such permanent trauma can have negative consequences in the future.

Researchers from the University of Exeter evaluated 29 runners for the risk of injury and found that those who used shoes with a stiffer sole had a significantly higher risk of injury to the heel and foot, compared to those who were wearing normal sneakers.

This factor should be taken into account when you purchase equipment for running, making a choice in favor of softer shoes or those able to absorb the force of vertical impact on the ankle when the foot touches the ground.

The researchers also found out. that the formation of the habit of landing on the toe during running is useful to reduce the risk of injury.

Experts Suggested How to Convince Yourself Starting the Morning Jogging

joggingRunning is a physical activity that almost has no contraindications, so anyone at any age can start running. But not everyone is able to tune in and turn morning jogs into a useful hobby.

Forget about “Monday”. It is necessary to start not from Monday and not from the next first day or some special date, but today, in case of emergency, tomorrow.

Set a goal and do not deviate from the intended path by one step, because you do it for yourself. Want healthy joints in old age? Or maybe it’s important for you to lose weight at last and hit everyone with your result? Jogging will help to approach the goal as close as possible, but also do not forget about the diet. The fewer calories you consume, the faster you will lose weight and the easier it will be for you to run.

Buy a cool suit and sneakers. The money spent will motivate you to get out of bed ahead of time and go for a run, so the first two months, that’s for sure.

Experts say that it takes exactly two months to get used to morning runs. At the end of this period, a person can make a fully conscious choice – to run in the morning or it is absolutely not your sport, which does not bring pleasure.

Running May Boost Your Cognitive Health after Just One Week

A recent research from the National Institutes of Health, US, finds that regular running grows brain connections and therefore may boost cognitive health.running boosts cognitive health

For the study, a team of researchers divided mice into two groups, having a sedentary group and an active group. They routinely analyzed brain tissue of the active group and the sedentary group. Having analyzed the received data, the scientists concluded that brain cells produced under running conditions were not only quantitatively but also qualitatively different.

Experts believe that the findings of this study should be a red flag for those who don’t like going to a gym, as while they may wait until the scales start to creep up, they should consider the silent benefits of a workout.

Compression Tights Won’t Help Runners to Run Faster

A new study, presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting, found that compression tights do not reduce muscle fatigue and do not help run faster.compression tights

For their research, a team of researchers had people run on a treadmill for 30 minutes at 80% of their maximum speed, once wearing compression tights and once without them. After the completion of the experiment, scientists found that the muscle vibration, reduced by the tights, didn’t have an effect on fatigue at all, and the runners could not go faster (or farther) while wearing the tights.

Lead author of the study Ajit Chaudhari says: “There is nothing in this study that shows it’s bad to wear compression tights.  Every little bit of perception counts when running long distances, so they may help runners in ways we aren’t able to measure.”