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Monday, April 12, 2010

Walking...Marvelously Inexpensive

Walking is a wonderful thing!  It is free and can be done ultimately anywhere, not to mention it is for most people an easy form of physical activity.

Benefits
Benefits of walking could include but are not limited to:
  • Help you feel rejuvinated and give yourself a boost of energy
  • Reduce stress and help you relax
  • Increase muscle tone
  • Help your body burn more calories
  • Strengthen your muscles and bones
  • Increase your fitness level and endurance
  • Give you a chance to spend time with friends and family. This is a great socializing time.
  • Help maintain a healthy body weight.
Walking and moderate physical activity for 30 mins a day can help reduce your risk for multiple chronic conditions.
  • Reduce Risk for Heart Disease
  • Reduce Risk or Improve Type II Diabetes
    • Lower blood sugar levels (glucose)
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Reduce risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce risk of breast and colon cancer
Location, Location, Location
The possibility of walking locations is endless and that is the beauty of walking.  It can be done almost anywhere.  Places you could take a walk could include:
  • Neighborhoods
  • Local Parks
  • The High School Track
  • Shopping Centers / Malls
  • Recreation Centers
  • The Jordan Parkway or Local Walking Trails
References:
http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/physical_activity/getting_started.html
http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/walking.htm
http://startwalkingnow.org/whystart_benefits_walking.jsp

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