American Heart Association

Wearable activity trackers in the mainstream

Wearable fitness devices have moved into the mainstream helping people pick up the pace of their daily activities.

The devices are flooding the marketplace as the technology and sports industries create “wearable fitness coaches” for customers interested in tracking their activity levels, food intake, heart rates and sleep patterns.

Most of […]

World walker: Arizona walker has nearly covered the equivalent of a trip around the world

Stanley Bronstein clearly remembers the day when he couldn’t take it anymore. He had battled obesity his entire life, and on that winter day five years ago, at 320 pounds, he felt like he had hit the bottom.

“I had trouble bending over to tie my shoes. I was just […]

Four-time stroke survivor makes trek across the country for the fourth time

He’s at it again. Four-time stroke survivor Mycle Brandy, 63, has his walking shoes on and he is making his way from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine.

This is Brandy’s fourth walk since beginning his treks around America to raise awareness about stroke. Along the way, he meets and greets […]

Home-based walking program eases clogged leg arteries

A home-based walking program helped people with clogged leg arteries walk farther and faster, according to new research. The program was beneficial even 12 months after participants started it.

Supervised exercise can improve walking and lessen the symptoms of peripheral artery disease, but the benefits of a home-based walking program […]

Fitness lowers death rates for elderly men with high blood pressure

Physical fitness lowered the risk of death in elderly men with high blood pressure, even in the moderately fit, according to new research released Monday.

A brisk walk of 20 to 40 minutes most days of the week is enough for most elderly people to achieve a moderate fitness level, said […]

Picking up the pace after age 65 helps the heart

Maintaining or boosting physical activity after age 65 can improve the heart’s electrical well-being and lower heart attack risk, according to a new study.

People who walked more and faster and had more physically active leisure time had fewer irregular heart rhythms and greater heart rate variability than those who […]

Sales of red fitness trackers to help fight heart disease in women

Fitbit, Inc., manufacturer of the Fitbit Flex activity and sleep tracking wristband, will donate a portion of sales of its new Red Flex products and red bands to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement.
The company will give the AHA $10 for every Red Flex wristband and $2 for every […]

National Walking Day set for Wednesday

The American Heart Association wants people to lace up for their heart health and get moving on National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 2.

Simply walking has many health benefits, which makes National Walking Day the ideal time to kick-start your physical activity routine. Research has shown that every hour of […]

Older men who walk one to two hours each day have reduced stroke risk

Older men who walked at least one to two hours each day compared to less than half an hour per day had a reduced risk of stroke, according to a large population-based study.

In the study of 3,435 healthy men age 60 to 80, researchers asked distance walked each week […]

SimpleScience@Heart: You can walk your way to good heart health

Not much into running? Then just walk — it can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running can.

A new study found if the same amount of energy is used, moderate intensity walking and vigorous intensity running can lead to similar reductions […]