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Does Walking Really Benefit Your Health?

February 4, 2017

In Canada, there use to be this slogan by Participaction Canada in the 80's, "Walk a block a day and your heart and lungs will thank you for it". Does it really? Well I decided I would look into what the latest research says. I was a little surprised.

 

 

Harvard Health published an article on a host of benefits that walking provides.

 

  1. It counteracts the effects of weight-promoting genes. 

  2. It helps tame a sweet tooth.

  3. It reduces the risk of developing breast cancer.

  4. It eases joint pain

  5. It boosts immune function

 

Ok so items 4 and 5 made sense but walking counter acts the weight-promoting genes? I would have never guessed that in a million years. Those sweet tooth cravings can be a killer so if walking can help with cravings, that is a bonus. I am not a women but breast cancer is a real concern for every women on the planet so anything to help reduce the risk needs to be incorporated in their daily routine. You can see the Harvard Article here.

 

So what does the American Heart Association have to say? They recently published an article citing a new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Life Science Division in Berkley, Calif. that walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running. As much as running? Huh!

 

Another recent article in isagenix health.net reports that there is growing evidence suggesting that by walking as little as 30 minutes every day, most days of week, you can gain a range of mental and physical health benefits.

 

Here are 6 reasons to walk more:

 

  • You could live a decade longer

  • Keep weight off more easily

  • Boosts your brain health

  • Manages blood sugar and blood pressure

  • Have fewer sick days (Now you can just fake those sick days from work)

  • Be happier

 

"Taking a walk a day is kind of like that proverbial apple: There's a good chance it'll keep the doctor away. From helping you lose weight and de-stress to lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk of many chronic diseases—going for regular walks is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health," says Melina B. Jampolis, MD, author of the new book The Doctor on Demand Diet.

 

Well I guess Participaction Canada had it right. So I ask you this, "What's easier for you, going for a walk today or visiting the doctor tomorrow?"

 

 

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