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Review: regular brisk walking improves cardiovascular risk factors in healthy sedentary adults

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In healthy sedentary adults, does regular brisk walking improve cardiovascular risk factors?

Murphy MH, Nevill AM, Murtagh EM, et al. The effect of walking on fitness, fatness and resting blood pressure: a meta-analysis of randomised, controlled trials. Prev Med 2007;44:377–85.

Clinical impact ratings GP/FP/Primary care ★★★★★⋆⋆ Cardiology ★★★★★⋆⋆

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English-language, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of walking as the only intervention, with duration ⩾4 weeks, that assessed the change in cardiovascular risk factors in sedentary but otherwise healthy adults. 24 RCTs (n = 1128; mean age 52 y, range …

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