Walking is an easy exercise that can get you into a higher level of fitness and health. It’s a great way to trim your waistline, increase your mood, and give you tons of health benefits that will have you ditching the car and have you up and enjoying the fresh air!
Prevents type 2 diabetes. Walking 150 minutes per week and losing just 7% of your body weight (12-15 pounds) can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58%!
Strengthens your heart . Reduces the risk of a heart attack or other coronary event by 35%.
It’s good for your brain. Gives you a significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline.
It’s good for your bones. It gives you a higher whole-body bone density, and slowes the rate of bone loss from the legs.
Helps alleviate symptoms of depression. Walking for 30 minutes, three to five times per week for 12 weeks reduced symptoms of depression by 47%!
Reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer. Women who walk for 1-2 hours a day have a decreased risk of breast and colon cancer compared to inactive women. The benefits of walking appear to continue both by increasing quality of life and reducing mortality.
Improves physical function. Research shows that walking improves fitness and physical function and prevents physical disability in older persons.
Want to start walking regularly but not sure how to get started? Pair up with a buddy and sign up for a walk for a cause coming up in your city or take 3o minutes out of your lunch break to explore the scenery. Plus, walking reduces pollution from cars, so if you have the chance – walk it!