Walk Yourself Thin and Healthy!
October 20, 2012|
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise to help keep yourself slim and healthy. Here are some of the benefits:
- Walking deflects diabetes. New research links brisk walking to a significant risk reduction for developing type-2 diabetes. Insulin resistance is a predictor of this disease, even in people with normal glucose levels. But a recent British study found that people with a family history of the disease who walked briskly, or performed some other type of moderate to vigorous activity on a routine basis, improved insulin.
- Walking can help you lose weight. If you add 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine, you could burn about 150 more calories a day. Walking can also help squelch chocolate cravings and nix the stress and anxiety that often lead to overeating.
- Walking can help get you off meds. Per the National Walkers’ Health Study, including more than 32,000 women and 8,000 men, researchers found that those who took the longest weekly walks, not necessarily accumulated the most mileage per week, were more likely to use less medication.
- Walking can help you beat breast cancer. Women who walk regularly after being diagnosed with breast cancer have a 45 percent greater chance of survival than those who are inactive, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Yale researchers heading up the study also found that those who exercised in the year before being diagnosed were 30 percent more likely to survive, compared to women who didn’t exercise leading up to their diagnosis.
Not to mention, walking can help your sex life and save you money at the gym!
It’s never too late to start your walking routine, so get started today!