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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...
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...
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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