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Did you know that walking benefits your heart, your lungs, your joints, your skin, your liver, your gut and even your brain and sex drive?
As Hippocrates once said, "Walking is man's best medicine", so why don't more of us do it?
About a year ago, my husband and I started a walking meditation each morning before work and I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to be outside in the dark, cool fresh air before anyone else is even awake. Not that you need to walk at 5:00 am like us, but walking is so refreshing and rejuvenating.
For me, the biggest of the walking benefits is that it overcomes a chronic problem and a chronic physical stress in society referred to as 'sitting disease'.
We just don't move anymore. We get up in the morning and sit down for a cup of tea and breakfast. Then we walk out to the car and sit as we drive to work. Then most of us walk to our desk and sit here for the next 8 hours, before getting back in our cars to drive home. Here we sit again eating dinner and watching television the rest of the evening.
Something is drastically wrong with this picture.
(Photo compliments of geographic.org.uk)
To receive all walking benefits you simply have to do it for half an hour a day.
That means you have 23 and a half hours to do with as you please!!
You can do more if you like, but according to the research, your return on investment seems to decline after about 30 minutes a day. You can even do three 10-minute bouts of walking each day...it doesn't matter how or when you do it, just get going!
And you don't have to do any super intense activity like training to run a marathon or becoming a triathlete...this is simple, basic walking that we are talking about.
Again, this is just half an hour a day - 2.08 percent of your day. The walking benefits are enormous and way worth the time investment...see for yourself in the studies listed below.
Here is a list of some inspiring and motivating evidence to get you up, out and walking:
In general, walking simply improves quality of life and is the best solution I know to chronic disease self management.
Hands down, across the board, walking benefits are significant, so I will leave you with the question first posed by Dr. Mike Evans:
Yours In Wellness,c
P.S. Just a bit of doctorly advice...Be sure you have a good pair of walking shoes and have your feet assessed to see if a good quality pair of Foot Corrector Orthotics would be of benefit...in all you do, be safe adn take care of your body, so you can enjoy quality of life for years to come.
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