October 26, 2016
Listen to Denny!
1. Your mood will improve. Regular walking actually can turn the dial way down on depression, stress, and anxiety. When you make your walks social, that interaction helps you feel connected, which also boosts your mood. Walking outdoors exposes you to natural sunlight, which can help ward off Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)—making it a potential antidote for the winter blues.
2. Your jeans will get a little looser. Regular walking can help improve your body’s response to insulin, which can help reduce belly fat. Daily walking increases metabolism by burning extra calories and by preventing muscle loss, which is particularly important as we get older.
3. You’ll reduce your risk of chronic disease. The American Diabetes Association says walking lowers your blood sugar levels and your overall risk for diabetes. In addition, regular walking can lower blood pressure by as much as 11 points and may reduce the risk of stroke by 20% to 40%. One of the most cited studies on walking and health, found that those who walked 30 or more minutes on five or more days per week had a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared with those who did not walk regularly.
4. You’ll keep your legs looking great. As we age, our risk of developing unsightly varicose veins increases. Walking is a proven way to prevent those unsightly lines from developing. If you already suffer from varicose veins, walking daily can help ease related swelling and restlessness in your legs.
5. Your other goals will start to seem more reachable. When you become a regular walker, you will have established a regular routine—and when you have a routine, you are more likely to continue with the activity and take on additional healthy
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