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Health Benefit of Older Homes

A study from the National Institutes of Health shows that people who live in homes built before 1973 walk far more than people who live in homes built after 1973. Many older homes lack conveniences that help you do less work. This study shows that most people do not chose to exercise. They exercise because they have to, rather than because they like it.

Lack of exercise increases your risk for heart attacks, obesity, strokes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancers. So, if you live an older home, be glad that it may force you to walk more, but don't let this information deter you from an additional exercise program. Walking is hardly an intense exercise and your level of fitness is determined more by how intensely you exercise, than by how long you exercise.

The association between urban form and physical activity in US adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2002, Vol 23, Iss 2, Suppl. S, pp 74-79. D Berrigan, RP Troiano. Berrigan D, NIH, Div Canc Control & Populat Sci, Execut Plaza N MSC 7344, Room 4005, 6130 Execut Blv, Bethesda,MD 20892 USA

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May 11th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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