A University of Utah study found that for every minute of brisk walking that women did throughout the day, they lowered their risk of obesity by 5%. That’s every minute you walk! No more “I don’t have time” excuses!
Walking can be key to losing weight, improving your blood pressure and cholesterol and keeping you mentally sharp, as well as reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more. Did you know walking is free, has practically no negative side effects and you can do it anywhere?!
Walking is one of my favorite simple shifts to creating a healthier lifestyle. According to a Harvard study, walking just 2.5 hours per week, which is just 21 minutes a day, can cut your risk of heart disease by 30%.
Here are a few simple ways to fit walking into your day:
- Walk barefoot in nature (sand, grass, waters edge, etc.) to reconnect with the vibration of earth.
- Take a 10-20 minute walking breaks at work, schedule walking meetings, or walk to a nearby restaurant for lunch instead of driving. If you’re walking at the office, keep a pair of sneakers in your car.
- Walk your pets to get moving. Studies show that people who own dogs walk more.
- Walk with your partner or children after dinner to reconnect.
- Move before the to-do list of the day takes over and start your day with a sunrise walk.
- Listen to your favorite podcast, audiobook or music that inspires you to move. Be aware of your environment and use only one ear bud.
Walking has an amazing positive impact on weight loss and helps you keep the weight off by lowering the risk of disease and numerous other health conditions. It can be done almost anywhere and costs nothing. So walk for the health of it!
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