Skip to main content

A man who is blind walking outdoors with his grandson.

Hip fractures in older adults can result in loss of mobility. This type of fracture also can lead to significant medical expenses. But a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Public Health offers hope. It suggests that four hours of walking each week can greatly reduce hip fracture risk later in life.

The study looked at nearly 36,000 men over a 24-year period. It showed that men who walked briskly for four or more hours a week had a 62% lower risk of hip fracture than men who walked less than four hours a week. Researchers also found that even men who walked four or more hours a week at a slower pace saw benefits. Those who walked at a slower pace for four or more hours a week had a 43% lower risk of fracture compared with those who walked less.

Related Resources:

Additional Information

Access additional Did You Know? pages.

Is this content helpful?

Thanks for the feedback!

Thank you. Your feedback has been sent.


You Might Also Like...

Health Tips

Retired or Retiring Soon? Here's How to Invest in Your Health Span

Dec 8, 2022

Life span is how long you live. Health span is how long you can live independently with a good quality of life. Focusing on your fitness in early retirement

Health Tips

4 Tips to Live Your Best Life

Oct 11, 2022

These tips from physical therapists can be key to unlocking better health and living your best life.

Health Tips

Fear Not: A Physical Therapist Can Help You Overcome the Fear of Movement

Aug 23, 2022

Do you avoid moving because you fear it will hurt? Does the fear of reinjury limit your activity? If so, you may be experiencing kinesiophobia. And you're