The Many Health Benefits Of Walking
Today my friends, I would like to discuss walking and how it can help you stay healthier and live longer. Walking to me is one of the most relaxing forms of exercise that I have ever found. I love to take a walk in a park or through the woods to enjoy nature and watch the squirrels and chipmunks scamper up and down the trees. There are so many of life stresses that can bring us down and make us feel overwhelmed in the fast-paced world we live in and walking can help relieve that.
Sometimes a brisk walk or even a slower stroll can help us enjoy the little things and take a break from the anxiety that can affect our health in many ways. Walking can even help us feel younger, more alive, fight depression, and some many more benefits which I am going to teach you about.
Spring is here or anytime of the year! Go out and enjoy the warm spring sunshine -after being couped up all winter walking will give us that natural organic new lifestyle we want to achieve! So walk, walk and walk!!
Last year, a group of researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis revealed that the health benefits of endurance exercise include metabolically younger hearts.
A brisk walk will not only boost your heart’s glucose uptake, it will also make your arteries more flexible according to a study presented at the Experimental Biology 2002 meeting.
According to a recent Harvard study shows that walking at a moderate pace (3 mph) for up to 3 hours a week—or 30 minutes a day–can cut the risk of heart disease in women by as much as 40%.
According to researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder found that a group of postmenopausal women who walked 40 to 45 minutes a day five times a week increased the elasticity of their carotid artery nearly 50%.
People who walk of bike to work reap health benefits such as low body weight, a good triglyceride level, and normal blood pressure. This was according to a study called CARDIA–Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults performed at the University of North Carolina by researchers at Chapel Hill which was published in an article in the July 13, 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine reporting. Of the 2,364 adults who took part in the study, nearly 17% biked or walked to work. It is not possible or practical for everyone to bike or walk to work, but this study does show that walking or even biking is definitely a health wise exercise to do.
Another study conducted at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington found that the overweight cardiac rehabilitation patients who were required to burn 3,000 to 5,000 calories weekly and not the standard 700 to 800 repeated heart health benefits such as greater weight loss and markedly decreased their cardiac risk factors. In order to achieve this high calorie burning workout the participants walked 45 to 60 minutes a 5-6 days a week at a moderate pace.
The health benefits of regular physical activity -walking is one of the most popular is not only heart healthy but also reduces change of stroke, diabetes, and other chronic diseases; lower health care costs; and improved quality of life for people of all ages. Walking and regular exercise provides the opportunity for health benefits for older adults such as a more positive mental outlook and an increased chance of remaining indefinitely independent. This is a goal we all want to accomplish.
Even small increases in light to moderate activity, equal to walking for about 30 minutes a day, will produce measurable benefits among those who are least active. Physical activity need not be very strenuous for an individual to reap significant health benefits. Let me explain that to achieve the health benefits that walking provides to the cardiovascular system you do not have to complete an entire hour in one time period. You can do 2–30 minutes session or if it is easier try 4 –15 minutes increments.
Do whatever is easier or what fits your schedule. But please do be persistent so that you do get the health benefits. You can take walks in the park if the weather is pleasurable or could even go to the mall and walk around the mall while and have fun by –people watching. It is amazing what you can learn about humans when you watch them.
Do it consistently but make sure you don’t make it a chore make it pleasurable and then you will stick at it. The idea is also to reduce your stress levels, keep your body healthier, which will help us obtain a longer and happier life. Stay healthy by walking yourself to health. Living green means staying healthy and walking is one of the best ways I know of to achieve that.
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So keep on walking!
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