Finally, spring has sprung in my neck of the woods. It seems like I try to rush it every year. For example, I'll clean the winter coats and put them away only to get them back out when the temperature drops again. Or, I'll plant a few flowers and then have to rush out one night and put sheets over them during an overnight freeze warning. Yes, two true stories that just occurred in the last couple of weeks. But now, so far, we have seen some consistently warm and beautiful spring days. It gets me into that spring fever mode where I want to be outside all the time. And with my daughter finally holding her head up well, I think I'll start to venture out to our park and take a walk. I've always enjoyed walking . I remember thinking years ago that it was a waste of time. I thought unless I was killing myself and breaking a massive sweat, I really wasn't "working out." But I'm glad to know you don't have to overwork yourself to take...
You buy all those exercise gadgets advertised on home shopping networks or late night TV infomercials. You try every diet fad that comes along. The one thing you don't do is commit to a daily health habit that costs zero dollars and is ready any time of the day or night. Walking is something anyone can do. You can make it harder by adding hill walking or hiking or by adding intervals of jogging. Why else should you start a walking program?
Recent studies suggest that 30 minutes of walking daily can reduce the risk of heart disease. With heart disease still the #1 killer of men and women, a walking program is an easy and inexpensive way to lower your risk.
Walking for a few hours a week cumulatively has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer, especially in overweight women
A daily walk can set you up for a good night's sleep. It can reduce aches and pains that interfere with sleep, relax you and even tire you a bit ...
Walking and health
Health and walking; Mild exercise; Exercise - is walking worthwhile
Regular exercise -- including walking
-- decreases your risk of death, heart attacks,
stroke, high blood pressure, some cancers,
osteoporosis, depression, anxiety, and obesity. It also
improves overall health, helps osteoarthritis and
diabetes, boosts HDL (good cholesterol) levels, and
If you do not have any medical conditions
that might make walking harmful to you (such
as being likely to fall or having active
heart disease), walking is an excellent, inexpensive
form of exercise. You should always check with your
medical provider before you begin any new form of
Thirty minutes of physical activity (walking or
other) on most days is recommended by the Surgeon
General. A brisk 30-minute walk burns about 200
calories. Walking slowly for 30 minutes uses 100
calories. Even making a few minor changes, such as
parking farther from wor...
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