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10 Best Benefits of Walking

by George Pierce
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In order to stay younger longer, we need to move daily.  One if the best and easiest ways to move is to walk.  The following are some of the best reasons to walk everyday.
 
  1. Lose Weight:   With about 70% of the human population being over weight, losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight is a great reason for walking.  Most experts feel that we should walk for about 30 minutes each day.   The Step Diet focuses on gradually adding more steps daily until you reach 10.000 steps daily.  
  2. Strengthen Your Bones:  Walking just 30 minutes daily will reduce your risk of bone fractures by 40% and can stop loss of bone mass due to osteoporosis.
  3. Lower your risk of diabetes:   Everyday Health, says that “Brisk walking can help prevent and manage diabetes.”  Tami Ross, who is an American Association of Diabetes Educators expert, says, “A 20- to 30-minute walk can help lower blood sugar for 24 hours.”
  4. Reduce your risk of Alzheimer's by a whopping 50%:  Walking is great for your overall health as well as your mind and mental health.  The University of Virginia conducted a study that found that men between 71 and 93 who walked more than a quarter of a mile per day had half the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.” walk
  5. Improve your emotional health:  Walking can enhance your mood, lower stress, and ease depression.  Walking is a natural way to calm yourself and helps your body regain a state of balance and relaxation.
  6. Improves your energy:  Walking or exercise helps us to be more energized and to feel more motivated to do more.
  7. Heart health:  A recent study confirmed that walking 10,000 steps daily improved cardio vascular health and lowered blood pressure.  
  8. Lower cancer risk:  Walking has been found to lower the risk of  colorectal cancer and breast cancer.  Walking is thought to help with better digestion which prevents build up of semi digested foods and fecal matter.
  9. Better skin:  If you want to look (and feel) younger, try walking.  Walking actually rejuvenates your skin by providing it with more oxygen, better circulation, and nutrients.  Walking will help your  production of collagen. Collagen is a protein that helps with the firmness, suppleness, and renewal of skin cells.
  10. Helps your arteries stay unclogged   An American College of Cardiology study showed that exercise before a meal may help stop the effects of high-fat foods on blood vessel function.  Unclogged arteries mean that your organs and all parts of your body get better blood flow.  This helps your body function at its best.

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There are certainly many more benefits to walking.  

Some of the other benefits are:

Strengthening joints, fighting arthritis:  An arthritis study showed that after just 8 weeks of walking, a 40% boost in joint function was achieved.

Healthier and more pain free pregnancy:  Walking 30 minutes daily while pregnant has been shown to prevent back pain, constipation, irritations and swelling per the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists..

Lowers your risk of falling:  Walking helps us to maintain muscle strength and balance, thus reducing our chance of falls.

Improves fibromyalgia:  Walking can lower your pain and lessen your symptoms from fibromyalgia.

Reduces your risk of glaucoma:  Walking helps reduce pressure on the eyes.

Improves your immunity:  Walking helps you to achieve a healthier weight which reduces your risk of disease.

Improves lung health:  Walking will improve your breathing and reduce your risk of breathing problems.

Tone your muscles:  Walking does not only tones your leg muscles, it tones your butt and your stomach.  Walking will help your calves, quads, and hamstrings. Walking will tone your glutes.along with your abs and waist.

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Conclusion:

Moving is essential to good health and long life.  Consider walking or whatever exercise that you like and enjoy.   You do not need to buy  expensive equipment or join a gym to add life to your years and years to your life.  Start feeling better and looking better today, walk at least 30 minutes daily.  

Thank you for reading, my friends.  Allow me to wish you success on your weight loss journey.

Kind regards,
George Pierce
WALW Founder

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Walking Tips:

Get a pedometer and wear it.

Walk your dog.

Cook rather than go out.

Get comfortable shooes.

Walk during breaks and at lunch and before or after dinner.

Walk to work.

Park further away.

Use the stairs.

Walk while on the phone.

Walk during TV commercials.

Walk with a friend.

Spend more time at the mall.

Walk while listening to music, listen to music while walking.

Get a stand up desk.

Install a stepper under your desk.

Play with your kids.

Go for family walks.

Go window shopping.

Dance.

Play video games that involve moving.

Don't sit around, pace.

Stop using the Drive Through.

Walk for a good cause (charity).

Do Yard work.

Do housework.

 

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