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Cobblestone Walking Advised For Health.


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Nov 10, 2004
Scientists at the Oregon Research Institute say their recent study has confirmed the health benefits of cobblestone walking for older adults.

The study confirmed a pilot report that walking on a cobblestone mat surface resulted in significant reductions in blood pressure and improvements in balance and physical performance among adults 60 and over.

"These are very exciting results," said John Fisher, a lead scientist in the latest study. "Compared to conventional walking, the experience of walking on the river rock-like surface of these manufactured cobblestone mats improved participants' balance, measures of mobility, as well as reducing their blood pressure."

Cobblestone-like walking paths are common in China. Chinese medicine believes that the uneven surface of the cobblestones stimulate and regulate "acupoints" located on the soles of the feet.

Link... http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_25539.html

I wonder if walking on cobblestones would benefit anyone with high blood pressure?
That would be an interesting study. :umm: