Walking — The Easiest Way To Extend Life

Did you know that every minute you walk can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes? In addition, many studies show that people who walk regularly live longer, weigh less, have lower blood pressure, and enjoy better overall health than non-walkers. Here’s a look at five benefits of walking.

Walking Increases Your Lifespan

Walking more than an hour a day improves life expectancy significantly, a 2011 study showed. The researchers looked at 27,738 participants between the ages of 40 and 79 over a 13-year period. Surprisingly, their lifetime medical costs did not increase—even though they lived longer.

Walking Keeps Your Mind Sharp

Walking 72 blocks a week (around six to nine miles) helps increase grey matter, which in turn lowers the risk of suffering from cognitive impairment—or trouble with concentration, memory and thought, according to a study which looked at 299 seniors over a nine-year period.


Walking Helps Lower Blood Pressure

Walking just 30 minutes a day, three to five days a week—even when the 30 minutes are broken into three ten-minute increments—has been found to significantly lower blood pressure.

Walking Improves Your Mood

Just thirty minutes on a treadmill reduces feelings of tension and depression, according toresearch published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. In fact, the study found that walking lifted moods more quickly than anti-depressants did (and with fewer side effects).

Walking Improves Insomnia

Try taking a brisk 45-minute walk in the morning five days a week, and your sleep may improve significantly, according to research from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, which looked at women from the age of 50-74.

How often do you take brisk walks? What other health benefits can one get from walking? Do share your thoughts and opinions on this topic!

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Are Women More Intelligent Than Men?

Who is smarter, girls or boys? It’s a perennial battle of the sexes that rages in schoolyards and over dinner tables across the nation. According new research by James Flynn, a world-renowned expert on IQ testing, the answer is that women are starting to edge out their male counterparts in the brains department.

Flynn examined data from western European countries, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina and Estonia and found that for the first time in a century of testing, women are scoring higher than men on IQ examinations.


IQ, or “intelligence quotient” tests were developed in the early 20th Century. They rate a subject’s aptitude for solving problems and understanding concepts compared with the general population. Tests generally examine language ability, mathematic ability, memory, and spatial ability. A score of over 130 indicates exceptional intelligence with the median score being about 100.

While multi-tasking has gotten a bad wrap in some psychological literature, Flynn speculates that the demands put on women’s brains when they juggle work and family may have helped boost their scores. Another possibility he cites is that women have a higher potential for intelligence–which is emerging as they are given more opportunities to compete in the world outside the home. Flynn is currently working on a book on the subject of gender and IQ and says more research needs to be done in order to fully understand the results.

We don’t want to ignite another round of battle of the sexes here, but we really, really gotta ask: Do you agree with this study? Are women smarter than men? Share your opinions with us in the comment box below!

Source: Yahoo News

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