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    Wonders of Walking

    Published on October 28th, 2015

    Starting an exercise regime can seem daunting, particularly if you are out of shape. However, there is a simple exercise that offers plenty of benefits without over-exerting people of any shape and size: walking! While this may seem like it would not help with weight loss or keeping someone in shape, walking actually has numerous health benefits, including lifting your mood and helping with sleep problems.

    Lessens Obesity-Related Diseases

    Studies have shown that walking at least twenty minutes a day, whether this be walking to work or going on a stroll during lunch, can reduce your risk of early death by up to thirty percent! In addition, if you are walking at least thirty minutes a day, it can help you lose weight since you are burning around 150 calories. Walking helps regulate your blood sugar levels, which is important for diabetics, as well as people who are at risk for diabetes.

    Cardiovascular health is a big issue among Americans. Among the obese population, running is going to be much more problematic than walking. The good news is that, as long as you cover around the same mileage as runners, you are able to see similar reductions in cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Yes, the distance will take a longer time, but eventually one will be able to go faster if they so desire.

    Affordable and Accessible

    One of the best things about walking is that anyone can do it. Taking a twenty-minute walk in the afternoon is free and easy; all you have to do is walk out the front door. In addition, all body types can partake! Bring along a friend who has similar weight-loss goals and start walking!

    If you want to experience health benefits but you do not have the time or energy for an intense work out regime currently, try to walk at least twenty minutes a day. However, if you are having pain in your feet, visit a podiatrist before aggravating it any further by walking everywhere!

    Courtesy of: Everybody Walk

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