Walking Club Check-In: Here Are the Answers to Yesterday's Walk-Smart Quiz

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

walkingYesterday, I posted a quiz where you could test your walking IQ. So, how did you do?

Here are the answers:

1. TRUE or FALSE: Walking reduces your stroke risk.
True: In an extensive study reported in JAMA, more than 70,000 nurses ages 40 to 65 without cardiovascular disease or cancer completed detailed physical activity questionnaires, and the results showed walking was associated with reduced risk of stroke.

2. TRUE or FALSE: Walking burns some calories, but running burns more.
False: A mile of walking at any speed burns as many calories as a mile of running.

3. TRUE or FALSE: Walking regularly increases your metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more calories even after you hit the lounge chair following your walk.
True: Walking builds muscle mass and revs up your metabolic rate, so you’re burning more calories, even at rest.

4. TRUE or FALSE: It's better to walk for 90 minutes once a week than to walk for 30 minutes three or four times a week.
False: To build muscle, burn calories, improve your cardiovascular health, and more, you want to keep your walking sessions regular. Dr. Sinatra recommends walking for 30 minutes at least three times a week (and better yet four).

5. TRUE or FALSE: Walking can help to improve regularity.
True: As Dr. Sinatra says, one of the best ways to avoid constipation is through a daily walking program.

6. TRUE or FALSE: Walking can help with osteoporosis by stimulating new bone growth.
True: Walking is an excellent weight-bearing exercise, which promotes the build-up of new bone. In fact, studies have shown that people who engage in regular weight-bearing exercise have higher bone densities than people of similar age who don’t exercise.

7. TRUE or FALSE: Since walking expends energy, it makes you tired.
False: Walking stimulates blood flow throughout your body, bringing with it oxygen and glucose, both of which are crucial to overall physical function. So walking actually helps to get your mind, and entire body, in gear.

8. TRUE or FALSE: If the temperature, or the humidity is over 80, you should consider walking on the treadmill, or inside an air conditioned mall, instead of venturing outdoors.
True: Dr. Sinatra doesn't advise walking outdoors if the temperature or humidity is above 80. But as the question says, you can walk indoors on a treadmill, inside a mall, or even throughout the rooms in your home.

9. TRUE or FALSE: Walking improves your physical health, but to release stress you need to try yoga or meditation. 
False: One of the best antidotes for stress is walking. Walking not only works the stress out of your muscles, it also stimulates your body’s creation of feel-good endorphins.

10. TRUE or FALSE: Walking prevents, and even reduces, high blood pressure.
True:
As Dr. Sinatra often says, regular exercise is a sure way to help prevent and reduce high blood pressure. That’s because physical activity helps to lower the levels of stress hormones circulating in your blood (stress tends to constrict arteries and drive up blood pressure).
 
How did you do? Were any of the answers surprising to you, or have you found them to be true in your own life? Please post your thoughts in the comments, and if you walked this week post that, too.

Happy Walking!
Karen
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