Walking is Powerful Medicine

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Every walk is powerful medicine. Simply putting one foot in front of the other can do wonders for your health.

The information from Prevention Magazine I’m about to share is no secret, and we all know getting up and moving is better than having our butts glued to the couch. But before I go into what they say, I’d like to have a little “say” myself. Look at the first 2 sentences: walking is powerfully good for us, and its simple – is the basic meaning of those words.

While you are reading this I’m wondering if you can look at the stuff in your life that stresses you out and think about dealing with it in the “just put one foot in front of the other” way.

Alrighty! Here’s some of the wonderful things walking can do for us:

Brain

Engaging in moderate physical activity, like a brisk walk, for 68 minutes or more a day may improve neuron health, according to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Immune system

People who walk briskly for 20 minutes a day 5 days a week have 43% fewer sick days than those who exercise once a week or less, per research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Bones

Women who walk 4 hours a week have a 41% lower risk of hip fracture than those who walk less than 1 hour a week, the landmark Nurses’ Health Study found.

Mood

A new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that 12% of depression cases could be prevented if we all walked (or did another form e of exercise) for at least an hour each week.

Heart

Regularly walking 3 miles an hour or faster can cut your risk of heart disease by half, compared with walking 2 miles an hour or slower, according to a study in Circulation.

More Energy

Need to beat the afternoon lull, or refocus your concentration? According to a recent study in Physiology & Behavior, a bear 10 minutes of walking, or climbing a few flights of stairs, is more energizing than consuming 50mg of caffeine. And unlike a 3 pm shot of espresso, a quick burst of exercise won’t keep you awake at night.

Greater Confidence

A new series of studies published in the journal Body Image found that people who walked in nature were much more likely to feel good about their bodies than those who walked in an urban environment. Researchers think that nature walking dampens our negative thoughts and helps us focus on how our body works rather than how it looks.

Fewer Cravings

Instead of reaching for the kitchen candy stash, take a lap around the block instead: Research in the PLOS One showed that a brisk 15 minute walk can reduce your urge to grab a sugary snack. Why? Moving around can blunt emotional triggers that prompt mindless snacking.

Don’t forget that a massage can help heal those exercise aches and pains you may get from increasing your physical activity! Call me at (518) 744-2315 to book an appointment.

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