“Walking is a man’s best medicine”, said Hippocrates over 2,000 years ago.

Growing scientific evidence is proving this to be true. A study carried out at the University of Cambridge found that after researching 334,000 people, just 20 minutes of walking a day cuts the risk of premature death by almost a third.

Public Health England (PHE) found that 4 in 10 middle-aged adults (6 million Britons) are failing to manage even one brisk 10-minute walk a month! That’s 6 million Britons who are increasing their risk of potentially fatal illnesses. We need to work together to change this statistic.

Walking is a great way to increase your exercise and activity, it is easy to do and a good time to catch up with friends, or even plug your earphones in and take a phone call. It reduces stress in a number of ways, including, giving you time to think and breathe, boosting endorphins and increasing your energy in a non-stressful environment.

Author of ‘The Doctor on Demand Diet’ Melina B. Jampolis, MD, says that going for a regular walk is one of the best and easiest things that you can do for your health, reducing the risk of many chronic diseases.

Take a look at the benefits of walking:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Strengthen bones, muscles and joints
  • Improves mood
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Boosts feel good endorphins
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves sleep
  • Increases energy levels
  • Tones muscles
  • Reduces the risk of a stroke
  • Slowing mental decline
  • Increases self esteem
  • Allows time to think
  • Increases social activity
  • Reduces the risk of high blood pressure
  • Reduced chance of injury
  • Easy to do – you just need a pair of trainers
  • Chance to get outside and have some fresh air and explore new places
  • Increases your life span

According to research by Fitbit, a 10,000 step goal per day is a great place to start, keeping you physically active, and giving you a goal to aim towards.

 

Posted by Sarah@Kaido

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