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A meta-analysis of 42 studies shows that walking groups have wide-ranging health benefits including reduced systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, resting heart rate, body fat, body mass index (BMI), and total cholesterol. Further, measures of physical functioning were greater in adults in walking groups including VO2 max (measure of the maximum volume of oxygen that an individual can use), SF-36 (health survey), and 6?min walk time (the distance an individual is able to walk over a total of six minutes on a hard, flat surface).
Hanson S, & Jones A (2015). Is there evidence that walking groups have health benefits? A systematic review and meta-analysis. British journal of sports medicine PMID: 25601182
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