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 ...
My 10-year-old neighbor, Ben, came over to visit Saturday afternoon. "Where have you been the past couple of days? Your dad said you were doing some kind of walk," he asked. I told Ben that yes, I had taken part in a walk in the Houston area. That morning I had laced up my tennis shoes and, along with my good friend Mara (whose mother has dementia), strolled the 5K route that comprised the Alzheimer's Memory Walk in Sugar Land, Texas. "So why did you do that?" Ben asked. I told him that by participating in this event, my co-walkers and I were bringing attention to this terrible disease. "And we also raised money to support research that can help stop Alzheimer's." Ben quickly replied, "How much did you raise?" I answered that thanks to the very generous support of family members, friends and professional colleagues, we managed to add $1,750 to the Alzheimer's Association's coffers. Furthermore, the participants in the ...
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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