Walking: Why You Should Make Time to Walk

The HealthGal Health Guide March 07, 2011
  • 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 so you get better quality sleep.

     

    If you need a mood boost then walking is a great way to accomplish that.  On a sunny day, the natural light combined with the actual physicality, can help to boost endorphins, and even on a cloudy day, the exercise effort is a mood booster.

     

    Walking can counteract the extra calories you consume.  Of course there's a limit to controlling weight gain with exercise.  Most people who overeat are ultimately unable to counteract weight gain because the amount of exercise you can do is limited by your time constraints and by the effort you can give.  Exercise in the form of walking can help to balance an extra daily snack.

     

    If you walk with a buddy the walk and talk can help to stave off or delay Alzheimer's disease and age-related dementia, by helping to keep arteries patent, and circulation and oxygenation of your brain optimal.

     

    Walking can help to preserve bone density since only exercise that includes an element of "impacting a surface," or weight training, can build and maintain your bone's density.

     

    Any walkers out there that want to share the personal benefits of walking??