“Walking is the best medicine” – Hippocrates
What if I told you there was a way you could dramatically reduce your chances of diabetes, heart problems, heart disease and cancer without having to go on expensive medications with dangerous side effects? Interested? Well, walk this way!
Walking not only extends your life span, it will also dramatically improve the quality of your life. Hundreds of medical research studies confirm that physical activity is vital to maintaining a strong mind and body. Here’s just some of the ways a walking program can make a positive difference on your health at any age.
Diabetes is a medical condition that can lead to blindness, amputated limbs and early death. The good news is this condition is avoidable for many people just by maintaining a reasonable diet and a moderate level of physical activity. Just walking two hours a week and reducing your body weight by just 7% can reduce your chances of contracting diabetes by almost 60%.
Many types of cardiovascular problems and high blood pressure can be resolved with regular physical activity. There’s no need to train for a marathon, walking a few miles a week is all it takes. Don’t expect overnight results. The typical American has neglected their body through years, if not decades, of inactivity and poor diet. A good walking exercise program will show results usually after one month of consistent effort and bigger improvements after six months.
Losing weight is not just about eating less, it’s also about burning more calories and improving your metabolism. That’s just two more things that walking can do for you. Individuals can see a healthier metabolism rate and better muscle tone just by walking a few hours every week.
There’s no reason to stress out. Walking is a low impact way to improve your health and reduce your stress levels at the same time. Maybe it’s the fresh air and sunshine or perhaps it’s the cardiovascular effects but one thing is for certain; senior citizens who walk have less stress than those who do not.
If you can manage to walk 2 miles everyday you would be able to ward off cognitive decline and depression. Folks who get regular walking exercise perform better on cognitive tasks and they’re less likely to suffer from clinical depression. Also, senior citizens who walk have better balance and are less susceptible to injuries from fall-related accidents. Walking improves bone density, muscle tone and flexibility. So even if you were to fall you’d be less likely to sustain a fracture or other debilitating injury.
The list of scientifically documented benefits of walking continues to grow. Recent studies show that walking can reduce your chances of breast and colon cancer. It helps you reduce the bad cholesterol levels, cuts your chances of having a stroke and it helps you stay connected with your community.
Don’t you think it’s time to go for a nice walk?
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