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Ten Reasons to Start Walking

Walking 30-60 minutes a day can do wonderful things for your mind, body and soul.

  1. Walkers Live Longer
    One heart study found men who walked 2 miles a day cut their risk of death by 50%
  2. Walking Helps Prevent Weight Gain
    If you add 2000 more steps to your regular activities, you will never gain another pound, notes Dr. James O'Hill, of the center for Human Nutrition.
  3. You Can Walk Off Weight
    Walking helps you build lean muscle, lose inches of fat and boosts your metabolism.
  4. Walking Reduces Risk of Cancer
    Walking and exercise will reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer.
  5. Walking Boosts Brain Power
    One study by the National Council on Aging found people who walked, increased thinking skills (July 29, 1999).
  6. Walking Improves Mood and Relieves Stress
    Walking and exercise releases the body's natural happy drugs - endorphins.  A 1999 study in Annuals of Behavior medicine showed University students who walked had much lower stress levels.
  7. Walking Reduces Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
    A graduate study at the University of Pittsburg found 30 minutes of walking daily cut risks for Type 2 Diabetes
  8. Walking Reduces Risk of Heart Attack and Strokes
    Heart attack and stroke are a top killer for both men and women.  Thirty minutes of walking a day can cut your risk in half.
  9. Walking Can Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
    A brisk 2-mile walk each day can decrease men's risk of impotence notes Dr. Irwin Goldstein, Urologist.  (Urology, 2002).
  10. It's Easy to Walk
    Check with your doctor if:  You are over 40 or have a chronic health problem before starting a walking program.  Get a comfortable pair of shoes.  Walk outdoors or on a treadmill and enjoy the benefits for your mind, body, and soul.