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