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October 2002 Issue

Walking Keeps Pace With More Strenuous Exercise

Walking may boost heart health in women as much as vigorous activity, according to a study of an ethnically diverse group of more than 70,000 postmenopausal women, age 50 to 79, enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative. Women who either walked briskly or exercised vigorously at least 2.5 hours a week were about 30% less likely to experience a cardiovascular event (e.g., heart attack or stroke) over a three-year period, compared to sedentary women. And the faster they walked the

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