Taking a brisk 20-minute stroll a few times a week is the key to beating high blood pressure. Scientists found that people can dramatically improve their chances of living longer – even if they are only moderately fit. In a US study of men aged over 70 with high blood pressure, the fittest were half as likely to have died within a decade as the least fit. And the amount of activity needed to improve life chances does not require trips to the gym. Dr Charles Faselis, lead author of the study, said: “This level of fitness is achievable by most elderly individuals engaging in a brisk walk of 20 to 40 minutes, most days of the week.” Full story >>
Brisk means quick and energetic. • They set off at a brisk pace.