Walking Has Numerous Benefits

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A daily fitness walk is the best activity for everyone, especially 50+ seniors. If it could be put into a pill it would be one of the most popular prescriptions in the world.

There are so many health benefits that a person gets from walking. Walking can reduce the risk of getting many diseases like heart attack, stroke to even getting type 2 diabetes.

A daily walk will do that for you. These claims are true and backed by major university and government research.

Walking requires no prescription, side effects are very low, and the benefits are great. I have listed some of these walking benefits for all my walkers.

Controlling your weight. Walking together with healthy eating is a great sport or activity for anyone to do. This physical activity is a real important plan for long-lasting weight control. Keeping your weight within healthy limits can lower your risk in getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis and a lot more.

Keeping your blood pressure in normal limits. Physical activity strengthens the heart so it can pump more blood with less effort and with less pressure on the arteries. Walking is a superb activity for all fifty-plus seniors. Staying fit is more important than some medications to keep your blood pressure in its normal range.

Decreasing your risk of heart attack. Exercise such as a brisk walking for two and ½ hours a week — or just half an hour a day for 5 days– is associated with a 30% to 40% lower risk of heart disease in women. (Based on the 20-year Nurses’ Health Study of 72,000 female nurses.)

Lowering your risk of stroke. Regular, moderate exercise such as a good walk to brisk walking for an hour a day, five days a week, can cut the risk of stroke in half, according to a Harvard study of more than 11,000 men.

Walking will lower your “bad” cholesterol and increases “good” cholesterol. The level of (HDL) cholesterol if you can keep that level high you are in good shape. Physical activity helps reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol in your blood, which can cause plaque buildup along the artery walls. This is a major cause of heart attacks.

Reducing your risk of getting type 2 diabetes. The Nurses’ Health Study claims that walking will lower your risk of you getting type 2 diabetes. That is a big disease for 50+ seniors today. The associated risk in getting foot and hand vascular problems are great.

Protecting against hip fracture. This is a little out of my specialty but I know that consistent activity, like walking, diminishes the risk of hip fracture. This was shown by a study of more than 30,000 men and women ages 20 to 93.

The list goes on for many more conditions. Many other studies indicate a daily brisk walk also can help:

Strengthen muscles, bones, and joints Elevate overall mood and sense of well-being.

Keep You Walking Steady. A daily routine is the most important factor in getting the most out of your walking. As long as you walk for at least 30 minutes a day, for at least 5 or more days a week, walking is a great exercise for you. This is the amount of walking that all doctors and other physical professionals recommend.

I have some good tips that you can use:

During your walks, you should be able to maintain a conversation with your pal or walking “buddy”. You should walk at a good pace. If you can’t catch your breath, you are walking too fast and slow down. Walk around the local area after lunch. You can walk for 15 minutes at break time to walking up and down stairs. Climbing stairs is a good physical activity; it is an excellent way to strengthen your heart.

At night, you can swap a half hour of TV time for a brisk stroll around the block. Take a friend with you for company or get the whole family involved. The Best Medicine Any amount of walking is good for you. For the best health results, set a brisk walking pace and walk for 30 minutes at least 5 times a week. Be sure to check with your health care provider on the level of walking exercise that’s best for you.

A walking program has many benefits for the 50+ population. I tell you many of them and what they can do for you. Walking programs are a great exercise and they give the seniors a lot of fitness tips. You can find out more information on the art of walking in my web site:

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