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Walking: Better For You Than You Think!

Walking: Better For You Than You Think!

While many people think that walking doesnít burn many calories, it has been shown that brisk walking for one mile burns nearly as many calories as a mile of moderately-paced running. And even slow walking will confer some health benefits. Spring is just around the corner, and this season of renewal is the perfect time to get active and reap the benefits of this excellent form of exercise. Being outdoors on warm, sunny days appears to improve both mood and memory, and a walking program can help you meet your exercise and health goals, easily and pleasantly.

A recent study suggests that one-third of heart attacks among American women are due to physical inactivity. Walking might be just the answer to good health that we’ve all been looking for. What benefits does it offer? Find out here:

Walking for just one hour a day cuts the risk of heart disease, several types of cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and stroke. It also burns stored fat, builds muscle, and speeds up metabolism. Studies show that walking may actually promote a lower mortality rate, even among the elderly.

Here are some helpful hints:

Start small. Try to walk briskly for at least a half-hour every day, or for one hour a few times a week. If you canít take that kind of time, try three brisk ten-minute walks a day.

Choose a time. Make it a habit! Whether you choose to walk first thing in the morning or after work or dinner, when itís time, you wonít need to think about it: it will be part of your routine.

Consider a pedometer. Wearing one of these can really help motivate you to walk more, rather than driving the car or taking the elevator. Many feel that taking ten thousand steps a day is a worthy goal.

Check out the About Walking website. It has a wealth of great information on all aspects of walking, including charts to measure your progress, suggestions on pedometer brands, and walking events to help keep you motivated.

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Inspired by SuperFoods HealthStyle, by Steven G. Pratt, M.D., and Kathy Matthews (William Morrow, 2006).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:12PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

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4:37PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Thanks

9:34AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Thank you

7:50AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Thanks for the info. An exercise virtually everyone can do, anywhere (in a safe neighbourhood) and it's free!

4:48AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Love walking too - so nice to be under that big old sky even in the city and when it's raining! Never was one for running, but have found that sometimes now, on my several-mile-long walks to work/shop/etc. I skip into a jog for a little while here and there - it's just fun!

3:52AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Ah, the joys of walking, especially when the sun shines and you can walk under the trees breathing in fresh air.
But remember to wear correct shoes adapted to walking as there's no pleasure if your feet are sore and you'll not go far. If you're going to work you can leave a pair of town shoes there to change into when you arrive. :)

4:47AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Safer than jogging. Puts less pressure on joints etc.

6:04PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Love walking as long as I can

6:33PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Love walking as long as I can stop and smell the roses.

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