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Benefits of Walking

How can walking improve my health?

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  • AMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    Within three months of hitting your stride, you will have boosted blood flow to your brain by 15% and lowered your blood pressure and heart rate about 5%. If you step lively and cover about six miles a week (easy to do if you walk 30 minutes a day), you'll also help keep your brain from shrinking, and even increase your memory processing area. That ups the chances that you'll hold onto your memories.
  • AJonathan Penney, Fitness, answered on behalf of National Academy of Sports Medicine

    Walking will simply improve your health by simply having your body be active.  If you are currently sedentary and have recently started walking then you body will thank you.  You will feel more alert on a daily basis, your body will feel better, your energy will be increased, and most of all, you will feel good about yourself.  The benefits of exercise are endless and walking is one of the best forms of exercise because it gets you moving and is low impact on your body!

  • Walking can help clear your head. If you've had a rough day at work, a spat with your spouse, troubling news from a friend, or anything else upsetting happen, taking even a short walk can help calm you down and sort through your thoughts more efficiently and constructively. When you come back from the walk, you may be better able to settle contentious issues. Walking can also help when facing a difficult decision. Say, you are contemplating a divorce or job change. Those are heavy-duty decisions that require extensive thought and consideration. While on a walk, you can review your thoughts, feelings, the pros, the cons, how it will affect your family, your financial situation, and so on. And sometimes just getting out in the fresh air, chatting with neighbors along the way, and experiencing nature can make you feel happier and healthier.  

     

  • Walking can help condition your heart, lungs, muscles and help you lose or maintain your weight.  The great thing about walking for health is that it is easy to do, cost nothing and can be done every day!  Research recommends getting in 10,000 steps per day. In fact, get yourself a pedometer to track how many steps you actually take in a day.  I bet you will be surprised – the average person only takes 3000-5000 steps.  If you are thinking that 10,000 steps seem like a lot, then increase your steps by 250 per day until you can hit the 10,000 per day goal.  You can easily add steps into your regular day by doing simple things like parking in the furthest spot at the store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.  Take your kids out for a quick walk daily; maybe even pull your husband off the couch to go with you.  Making walking a regular part of your family’s day will help teach your children that to live a long, healthy life they need to get moving.  Not to mention it will help you burn calories to keep your weight where you want it to be and your heart pumping optimally!

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