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 is the exercise of choice for most people, especially when we would rather be outdoors than in a gym. Walking is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease, the biggest problem that those of us who have diabetes face.
If all we want to do is strengthen our lower body, we need only comfortable clothes and supportive footwear. But walking does little or nothing to strengthen the muscles of our upper body.
Unless we walk with poles, like Ken Mundt does. "The advantage is that I get a whole upper body workout," he told me when I called him at his home in Seattle. "My chest muscles get a good workout, because I don't slam my poles. I place them, and then I push." Ken is now 58. Five years ago when a doctor told him that he has type 2 diabetes, he started a regular pole walking program. Every day during the week he walks between five and six miles with his Exerstrider poles. On Saturday he walks eight miles and takes off on Sunday.
Ken Mundt Strides with his Walk...
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 ...
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