Walking Toward Your Healthiest Best
Why walking? It’s the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health.
There really are so many benefits for such a simple activity!
Research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you:
- reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
- maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
- enhance your mental well-being
- reduce your risk of osteoporosis
- reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
- reduce your risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
The thought of being alone can be enough to keep some people from walking. The best way to solve this is by finding a friend to walk with you.
You can plan walking paths that are convenient for both of you, or map out routes that take you places you’ve never been before. It’s a great way to exercise and spend time with friends! Consider partnering with friends and coworkers.
All you have to do is lace up with a good pair of sneakers — and walk.
It’s that easy. It’s also safe, very inexpensive and has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise. Before you know it, brisk walking can become a part of your daily routine.
You’ll reap plenty of benefits (see above) – plus for every hour of brisk walking you put in, your life expectancy may increase by two hours. So get walking!