Is there anything we take for granted more than our daily activities? Probably not. Yet one of the best things we can do for our health is ridiculously simple: walking! Study after study has proven scientifically that a few minutes a day can be astonishingly beneficial for us. Here’s why.
It Prevents Diabetes
If you log around 3500 steps a day (about 35 minutes walking /1.75 miles) you lower your risk of diabetes by 29%! Considering the horrifying fact that nearly HALF of adults living in the U.S. have diabetes or are at risk to develop it, walking for half an hour a day is peanuts.
It Helps Losing Weight
A daily 1-hour walk can cut your risk of obesity in half! Do we really need to tell you what an epidemic obesity is in the U.S.? The solution is that simple – and it can literally save your life.
It Uplifts Your Mood
Just 30 minutes of walking a day can reduce symptoms of depression by 36%! So next time you’re feeling down, as many of us often do, take a walk and watch what happens. Most likely it would be something good.
It Prevents Heart Disease
Walking for 30 to 60 minutes for at least 4 days a week lowers the risk for developing heart disease drastically. About 610,000 adults die of heart disease in the U.S. every year, so if you don’t wish to become part of this statistic – all you have to do is walk!
It’s Good For Your Bones
You can reduce the risk of hip fractures by up to 43% – if you walk for 4 hours a week. As you get older your chances of fracturing your hip grow bigger, and if you’re a woman – than thrice the more!
It Protects Your Memory
40-minutes walk 3 times a week helps protect that area in the brain which is associated with memory and planning. Suddenly a good memory doesn’t sound like such a difficult task to achieve, right?
It Prevents Brain Strokes
Just 2 hours of walking a week can reduce your risk of stroke by 30%. A small price to pay in order to protect the most important organ in your body, we think.
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It Improves Your Longevity!
75 minutes a week of brisk walking can add almost two years to your life. Yes, you read correctly – two extra years to your life, and all you have to do is walk briskly for an hour and 15 minutes every week! Are you still sitting?!