Walk This Way

28 Apr

I walk funny. I walk with a bit of a waddle and since I am short I walk faster to try to keep up with others. The end result is similar to Alf running. This is probably why my nickname in high school was well …. Alf.  You don’t need to walk my way but you still should walk. Why? Well here are a couple of good reasons[1]

Put your mind to it, go for it, get down and break a sweatIt’s not surprising that walking improves fitness. Walking just three times a week for 30 minutes can significantly increase cardio-respiratory fitness. Here is more good news! You don’t have to walk 10 miles to improve physique. Walking for short periods improves fitness, too! A study of women showed that walking three 10-minute walks per day resulted in similar improvements in fitness and were at least as effective in decreasing body fat as one 30-minute walk per day.
Cancer Be Gone

Walking reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer. Women who performed the equivalent of 1.25 hours to 2.5 hours per week of brisk walking had an 18% decreased risk of breast cancer compared with inactive women. Many studies have shown that exercise can prevent colon cancer, and even if an individual person develops colon cancer, the benefits of exercise appear to continue increasing quality of life and reducing mortality.

Groove Is In The Heart

Walking strengthens your heart. In one study, mortality rates among retired men who walked less than one mile per day were nearly twice that among those who walked more than two miles per day.

Women in the Nurse’s Health Study (72,488 female nurses) who walked three hours or more per week reduced their risk of a heart attack or other coronary event by 35% compared with women who did not walk.

If I Only Had A Brain

But you do! And guess what? Walking is good for your brain. In a study on walking and cognitive function, researchers found that women who walked the equivalent of an easy pace at least 1.5 hours per week had significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline than women who walked less than 40 minutes per week. Think about that!


Don’t Worry Be Happy
 
Walking helps alleviate symptoms of depression. A standard depression questionnaire showed that walking for 30 minutes, three to five times per week for 12 weeks reduced symptoms of depression by 47%!

 

So where should you walk to?  What should you wear? How many calories are you actually going to burn so you won’t feel bad about that cupcake you just ate? For all of those answers and more check out http://www.thewalkingsite.com/

 Happy Trails!


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2 Responses to “Walk This Way”

  1. alison nakash April 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Couldn’t agree with this more. That is why I do some type of exercise each day. Prevention is the best medicine.

    • Michael W May 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

      good post!

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