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DAFT SURVEY OF THE WEEK.

Doctors trying to assess the benefits of a brisk daily walk looked at 164 elderly women with broken arms.

They split the group, telling half to walk for 20 to 30 minutes a day at a gently increasing pace. The others did exercises that didn't involve walking.

The theory was that a brisk stroll pumps the heart faster, so might help strengthen broken limbs. The good news is that the walkers ended up with better bone density on their healed arms.

The bad news? An incredible 30 per cent FELL during the walks, producing a mass of injuries that included breaking the OTHER arm.

The docs concluded the benefits were not worth the risks.

All a bit of armless fun then!
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 10, 1997
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