That is by far the number one excuse I hear from patients when I tell them to walk in the summer and lets face it, when you can cook an egg on the sidewalk, it too hot.  The weather has finally cooled off, so no more excuses.  Lets lace up the walking shoes and start hitting the asphalt.  Here are some of the known benefits of walking.

#1:   Bone Health. Why do health experts recommend walking for osteoporosis? When you walk, you don’t just build muscle and endurance. You also build and maintain the amount and thickness of your bones. You may hear health professionals call this “bone mass and density.”

Three types of exercise for osteoporosis are:

  • Weight-bearing
  • Resistance
  • Flexibility

 All three types of exercise for osteoporosis are needed to build healthy bones and walking is one of the best!

#2:    It deflects diabetes. New research links brisk walking to a significant risk reduction for developing type 2 diabetes.

#3:  It can get you off meds. Using data from the National Walkers’ Health Study, researchers found that those who took the longest weekly walks, not necessarily accumulated the most mileage per week, were more likely to use less medication.

#4:  It can help fade fibromyalgia pain. This chronic condition affects more than 4 percent of the population, and often involves pain, fatigue, and brain fog. A small study found that in women 32 to 70 years old, those who walked 60 minutes, performed light exercises, and stretched three times a week for 18 weeks reported significant improvements in walking and mental capacity, and were less tired and depressed.

#5:  Strolling reduces stroke risk. Walking briskly for just 30 minutes, five days a week can significantly lower your risk of suffering a stroke, according to University of South Carolina researchers. After studying 46,000 men and 15,000 women over the course of 18 years, those with increased fitness levels associated with regular brisk walking had a 40 percent lower risk of suffering a stoke than those with the lowest fitness level.



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