Walking in Circles

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Have you ever seen one of those movies where a person is lost and leaves something behind to see if they pass that way again? There is a reason why this is important. Without a guide, people do walk in circles. A German study found that without absolute references like the sun or the moon, people attempting to walk in a straight line in unfamiliar territory will instead walk in circles. Researchers had people attempt to walk straight in one direction for several hours through a flat forest in the Sahara desert. Some walkers had the sun or moon to guide them, while others walked while clouds obscured their reference point. When the sun or moon was visible, subjects walked a perfectly straight line. But whenever this reference was absent, subjects invariably walked in circles, often crossing their own paths several times each.

 

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Which Is Better, Running or Walking?

Which Is Better, Running or Walking?

The debate is on. What is better, running or walking? Well, when it comes to protection against heart disease, several recent studies have found that walking for extended periods of time and with regularity can help. Twenty to thirty minutes, three times a week can help prevent the long-term damage. Running can have a similar effect, but for many, it’s difficult to sustain a regular running program. The major advantage of running is that you can tone rapidly while burning calories. So, which is better? It really comes down to what you will stick with. Consistency is the key.

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Long-Distance Walking Results in Successful Weight Loss in Cardiac Rehab Patients

Long-Distance Walking Results in Successful Weight Loss in Cardiac Rehab Patients

Daily long-distance walking results in twice as much weight loss as standard cardiac rehabilitation exercises that involve walking short distances at a brisk pace. That’s what a new report from the journal Circulation and the University of Vermont College of Medicine finds. They studied 71 overweight patients in cardiac rehab who were randomly assigned to standard rehab exercises that burned 700 to 800 calories per week or intensive rehab exercises involving long walks that burned 3,000 to 3,500 calories a week. After five months, the group walking 45 to 60 minutes a day most days a week had greater improvements in 10 risk factors including blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and cardio-respiratory fitness. They all also lost 18 pounds compared to 8 pounds in the control group. It really shows the importance of getting out there and walking.

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Stretching for Tibial Band Pain

Stretching for Tibial Band Pain

It is called tibial band pain. The tibial band is actually this area which goes from the hip all the way down to the foot on the outside of the leg. The tibial band actually is stressed when you do exercises like running, repetitive strain, those types of things. People who have external rotation at the hips are also more likely to have tibial band pain. The best way to deal with it is actually to stretch it. One way is to put one foot in front of the other and try to touch the toes. That will actually stretch it out and help with it.

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Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a problem where the sheath, or the lining, at the bottom of the foot actually can get inflamed. It can actually become painful. Plantar fasciitis is usually worse at the beginning of the day. You step out of bed and you feel like it hurts. Non-steroidals and certain medications can help, but what really helps the most is wearing comfortable shoes. Stretching that foot out and wearing cushioned shoes can make a big difference.

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Without References People Walk in Circles

Without References People Walk in Circles

Without a guide, people really do walk in circles. This report came out of Germany in the journal “Current Biology.” Stories about people who end up walking in circles when lost may actually be true. Without absolute references like the sun or the moon, people attempting to walk in a straight line in unfamiliar territory will instead walk in circles. Researchers had people attempt to walk straight in one direction for several hours through a flat forest or the Sahara desert. Some walkers had the sun or moon to guide them, while others walked when the clouds obscured their reference point. When the sun or moon was visible, subjects walked a perfectly straight line, but whenever this reference was absent, subjects invariably walked in circles, often crossing over their own paths several times each.

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Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a big word for an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. We all have this lining that runs from the front of our foot to the back, and this lining can actually get very tight and terse. When that gets tight, pain actually can radiate through that. That pain, that plantar fasciitis, usually reveals itself on the first step of the day when you get out of bed. It can be made a lot better by wearing more comfortable shoes. Shoes that provide more support and that are actually better for the feet.