29 Apr '12, 8am

Regular brisk walking brings many health benefits: HPB survey

SINGAPORE: A new study shows that members of Singapore's National Brisk Walking Programme are about eight per cent fitter compared to the general population. Conducted by the Health promotion Board, the survey covered 1,236 participants during a one-year period from September 2010 to September 2011. The survey found that brisk walking regularly could help to decrease the risk of suffering from chronic conditions -- such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and breast cancer -- by almost 50 per cent. Brisk walking can also help to prevent dementia and osteoporosis, and help manage one's weight in tandem with a healthy diet, the survey reported. The National Brisk Walking Programme was introduced in 2009 to get Singaporeans who had a sedentary lifestyle exercising. There are now 700 brisk walking clubs island-wide, and since the start of the programme, the number of parti...

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