This week’s topic is one I am proud to say I practice as much as I preach…Take a walk, folks! Yes, that’s right, taking a walk can dramatically improve your health. According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, walking can trim your waistline, help lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of or manage type 2 Diabetes, manage your weight, reduce your bad cholesterol, improve your good cholesterol and your mood as well as help you stay strong and fit!
My favorite advice to share with people who are trying to start an exercise regime is to begin with a routine of brisk walking. The Mayo Clinic agrees. Research shows that regular, brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart attack by the same amount as more vigorous exercise, such as jogging. How great is that!?!
Another way I like to encourage people to walk is to remind folks with dogs that taking a walk is a great way for people and pets to get their exercise.
Taking long walks with friends is a great way to catch up and stay in touch with folks you may not see often enough. Exercising together is a great way to bond, too, so grab a friend, your spouse or your kids and take a walk!
Along with its benefits to the heart, walking 30 minutes a day with moderate exercise also improves circulation, helps breathing, combats depression, bolsters the immune system and helps prevent osteoporosis. Read more on how walking can help you from the American Heart Association.