U of A researchers warn: "Watch where you walk"

(June 25, 2004) - (Fayetteville-AP) -- University of Arkansas researchers are warning older women to carefully pick where they walk or hike. A recent study shows that, among non- equipment exercises, walking was the leading causes of emergency room visits for women over 65 years old. The study analyzed 851 reported injuries from 1994 to 2001. Fifty-eight percent of emergency room visits for the non-equipment exercises were the result of walking. Ches Jones, a health science professor who worked on the study, says women shouldn't stop walking, but rather be careful about where they walk. Malls or outdoor tracks are less likely to have obstacles that cause people to fall. Jones says senior citizens should always check with a doctor before beginning any exercise routine.