Wouldn’t you like to walk your way to your best body ever? Would you like to get healthier at the same time?
Research shows that walking regularly can strengthen your bones, tone your muscles, and trim your waist, and it may reduce your risk of some cancers and other deadly diseases. The more you walk, the better your mood and the lower your risk of depression.
Add to that a study from the American Council on Exercise found that people who walk just 30 minutes a day had a significantly lower risk of premature death than those who didn’t exercise and you’ve got yourself a powerhouse of health that almost anyone can do.
And really, there’s no equipment needed other than a great pair of walking shoes! I love getting outside in the sun and nature for my walks; however, sometimes the weather is not so great and there are resources you can use to walk inside your home without a treadmill. Leslie Sansone has some great walking dvd’s you can do right in your living room in front of your television set. She has 1, 2, 3 and even 5 mile walks you can do in the comfort of your own home!
What are some of the reasons to walk your way to better health? I’ll tell you!
1. Walking can help you manage your weight. For dog lovers out there –> Research shows that people who walk with dogs, were more consistent than those who had human walking partners. So, get to your local no-kill animal shelter and grab yourself a walking buddy and lifelong furry friend!
2. Walking can help lower your blood pressure. Walking 40 minutes a day can lower your systolic blood pressure. And don’t think you have to walk those 40 minutes all at once. You can spread it out over several smaller walks throughout your day. Take your dog for a 15 minute walk in the morning, then another after dinner. Take a 10 minute walk at lunch and voila! you’ve squeezed in 40 minutes of healthy goodness!
3. Walk to help prevent dementia. All of that blood rushing around your body, naturally makes it’s way to your brain and fuels it up with oxygen.
4. Walk to prevent osteoarthritis. Walking is a weight-bearing exercise. That means it helps build bone density! Walking can help you keep knee cartilage strong and healthy.
5. As mentioned above, walking can reduce your risk of cancer. Researchers found that people who walked or cycled for at least an hour a day reduced their overall risk for cancer by 16 percent. There is also a strong link between regular physical activity and a lower incidence of colon cancer. Also, scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and Harvard University, found that men who were treated for prostate cancer and who walked briskly at least three hours a week reduced their chances of a recurrence.
6. Walk to prevent and control diabetes. Brisk walking can help prevent and manage diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program, a major government study, found that even a small weight loss — for example, 10 to 15 pounds for a 200-pound person — can delay and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes.
7. Lowers your risk of Heart Disease. Walking may help lower your cholesterol and, in turn, your risk for heart disease.
8. Walking improves your mood. A brisk walk can boost your mood and may even help you treat depression. A Portuguese study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research found that depressed adults who walked for 30 to 45 minutes five times a week for 12 weeks showed marked improvements in their symptoms when medication alone did not help.
9. Walking can reduce pain. I’m sure you’ve heard that quote, “Move it or lose it.” Well, though it may seem counterintuitive, the more your move, the less pain from something like arthritis you will feel.
10. Walk to reduce your risk of stroke. Recently, a study in the journal Stroke found that women who walk at least three hours per week face a lower stroke risk than women who walk less or not at all.
So, there are ten reasons why you should grab your shoes and head out the door. You can lose weight, get healthy and live a more abundant life!
Have you walked today?