How effective is walking daily? how much should you walk?

dalmation-puppyWalking has the highest rate of sustainability when it comes to workout regimens. My grandmother walked with her best friend for many years every morning. They would have their morning coffee and then meet for a 3 mile “walk and talk”. My grandmother is 84 years old and I would say in great shape. She doesn’t walk much anymore because she now has problems with her feet but she still does on occasion.

Walking 30 minutes a day does more for the body than most people know.

  • regular walkers have fewer heart attacks and strokes, have lower blood pressure, and have higher levels of healthy HDL cholesterol than couch sitters do
  • it can help you lose unwanted body fat – especially when combined with a proper weight training program.
  • 30 min of walking a day makes your muscles more sensitive to insulin – this allows glucose to do its duty inside your cells rather than pile up in your bloodstream (that’s what happens when you have diabetes) and cause other havoc.
  • it can help you quit smoking – it has been proven that smokers who begin a walking routine are more motivated to quit and live a healthy lifestyle
  • walking elevates mood – next time you’re out for a walk notice when you’re done how you feel mentally and emotionally as compared to before the walk – great for people who suffer from depression and anxiety
  • the extra activity may help you sleep better at night – therefore increasing your energy levels ALL day long!
  • walking regularly can lower your risk of arthritis, macular degeneration, and even cancer by an astonishing 50% compared with people who don’t exercise.
  • it can improve your sex life! sex and exercise go hand-in-hand –  in a study of women between 45 and 55 years old, those who exercised, including brisk walking, reported not only greater sexual desire, but better sexual satisfaction, too

What’s not to love about the single best thing you can do for your health? The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other makes you healthier, gives you more energy, and makes you younger. Plus, doing it lets you talk with friends, think through problems, and see what’s new in the neighborhood. And if you happen to have some new walking gear, walking lets you show it off.

Keep putting one foot in front of the other! You’ll be amazed at what will happen.

to your health!

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