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Walking your way to a better you!

People walking on the boardwalkWalking is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to improve your fitness level. It can be done indoors or outdoors, and can be tailored to your own abilities and goals.

  • Before starting a walking program, check with your doctor if you have a chronic medical condition or a recent injury.
  • Invest in good shoes. These are the only expense and equipment you’ll need, pay attention to the fit and quality of your shoes. A pedometer is a good tool to have.
  • Warm up by walking at a slow or normal walking pace for five minutes before picking up the tempo of your workout.

8 reasons to walk?

  1. Walking prevents type 2 diabetes. Walking 150 minutes per week and losing just 7% of your body weight (12-15 pounds) can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58%.
  2. Walking strengthens your heart.
  3. Walking is good for cognitive brain function.
  4. Walking is good for increasing bone density.
  5. Walking helps alleviate symptoms of depression.
  6. Walking reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer.
  7. Walking just three times a week for 30 minutes can significantly increase cardiorespiratory fitness.
  8. Research shows that walking improves fitness and physical function and prevents physical disability in older persons.

Source: medicinenet.com