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Walking is Good For the Soul - And It's Free!

· Self-Care

If you think about it, almost everything that is good for you is actually free—love, compassion, friendship, kindness, hugs, nature, exercise, meditating, yoga, being outdoors, and walking.

Charles Dickens knew the benefits of walking: “The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.” So did Friedrich Nietzsche: “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”

If you are looking for a way to feel good or feel better, put on a pair of shoes and start walking.

Some of the many health benefits of walking include:

Good for the bones: Post-menopausal women who walk 30 minutes each day reduced their risk of hip fractures by 40 percent (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston).

Stroke Prevention: Women who walk briskly for 30 minutes each day can reduce their chances of having a stroke by as much as 30 percent (Journal of the American Medical Association).

Good for the mood: The more you walk during the day, the better your mood, and the more you walk, the more energy you have (Robert Thayer, professor of psychology at California State University, Long Beach).

Good for Weight Loss: A 30-minute walk can burn up to 200 calories.


Good for Longevity: A brisk daily walk of just 20 minutes could add years to your life (Ulf Ekelund, Cambridge University).


Good for Sleep: A study found that women, ages 50 to 75, who took a one-hour morning walk, were more likely to relieve insomnia than women who didn’t walk (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle).


Good for Memory: A study of 6,000 women, ages 65 and older, found that age-related memory decline was lower in those who walked more. The women walking 2.5 miles per day had a 17-percent decline in memory, as opposed to a 25-percent decline in women who walked less than a half-mile per week (University of California, San Francisco).

Good for Weight Loss: A 30-minute walk can burn up to 200 calories.

 

Good for Longevity: A brisk daily walk of just 20 minutes could add years to your life (Ulf Ekelund, Cambridge University).

 


Good for Sleep: A study found that women, ages 50 to 75, who took a one-hour morning walk, were more likely to relieve insomnia than women who didn’t walk (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle).


Good for Memory: A study of 6,000 women, ages 65 and older, found that age-related memory decline was lower in those who walked more. The women walking 2.5 miles per day had a 17-percent decline in memory, as opposed to a 25-percent decline in women who walked less than a half-mile per week (University of California, San Francisco).

Good for Managing Anxiety: Psychologists studying how exercise relieves anxiety and depression suggest that a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout (Michael W. Otto, PhD, and Jasper A.J. Smits, PhD).

Add walking to your holistic health routine and find out for yourself how much better you will feel.

Copyright © 2015. Sylvia Carlson. All Rights Reserved.

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