Here’s some good news from AARP if you follow this plan you will walk about 1.666 miles per day and reap the following benefits.

This resolution could improve your life in many ways: “I will walk 50 miles every month.” Just half an hour of walking each day at a brisk pace of 3.5 MPH will get you there. Here are seven things you could accomplish within a matter of months:

1. Get Fit
Aerobic Capacity: 19% increase
Physical function: 25% increase
Risk of disability: 41% decrease

2. Save on annual medical bills
Normal-weight retiree: $3300
Overweight retiree: $2500
Entire country: $1.4 trillioin

3. Improve cardiovascular health
Heart disease: 32% lower risk
Stroke: 33% lower risk
Type 2 diabetes: 71% lower risk

4. Fight Cancer
Breast: 18% lower risk
Colon: 31% lower risk
All forms: 33% higher survival rate

5. Lose weight
Each walk: 150 calories
Monthly: 1.3 lbs
Annually: 15.6 lbs

6. Accelerate recovery
Depression: 47% reduction of symptoms
Skin wounds: shorten healing by 10 days

7. Battle degenerative disease
Alzheimer’s: 40% lowe risk
Arthritis: 46% lower risk
Osteoporosis: 0% loss of bone density

From AARP…
Benefits of a Walking Fitness Regimen
According to the Mayo Clinic and other health organizations, there are many benefits of walking, including:

* lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol
* raising good (HDL) cholesterol
* burning calories (approximately 300 per 1-hour walk), losing/maintaining weight, and trimming inches off hips or waist
* lowering blood pressure
* improving cardiovascular health (lowering the risk of heart disease and strokes)
* reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes
* fighting risk of cancers (especially breast and colon cancer)
* lowering stress and anxiety
* boosting self-esteem
* improving mental health, mood, and outlook
* staving off degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and arthritis
* building stronger bones
* reducing the risk of disabilities
* increasing energy levels
* enhancing quality of sleep
* improving overall health and wellness

Randal Hansen PHD

8 thoughts on “Walking

  1. Interesting! This is like faith, benefits so high, side effects 0! So, why is it so hard to just DO IT?

  2. I better hit the road and start walking with all those improvements and financial saving. I hear from a close friend eating honey with cinnamon can cure all kinds of things also. WOW! All natural cures.

  3. God’s RX is always the best for glowing health. David says in Psalm 116:9, ” I will WALK before the Lord in the land of the living.
    In Micah the Lord says, “He has shown you, oh man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love kindess and mercy and to humble yourself and WALK humbly before your GOD.”
    And finally, In 1Thess. Paul says, “Furthermore, Brothers, we admonish you to follow the instructions that you learned from us on how you ought to WALK to please and gratify the Lord GOD, as indeed you are doing, and as you do WALK to please Him you attain more and more greater perfection in living this life.”
    Sound like some of what Gary was saying but in the Spirit, too.

  4. God does tell us that we are His temple. Looks like it behooves us to walk in order to stay structurally sound. All these benefits are great motivators. Thanks.

  5. What Gary told us above affrirms what that old great hymn, IN THE GARDEN proclaims.

    “And He WALKS with me and HE talks with me
    And He tells me I am His own
    And the joy we share as we tarry there
    None other has ever known”

    Let’s walk every day with Jesus, spiritually, as we take our morning or evening constitutional.

  6. Thanks for this motivation to walk, Gary. But I’m with Sara on this one….”why is it so hard to do?” I believe, for me, it is hard to do it, because I don’t purposely set aside the time to do it. Looks like I need to get my priorities straight?

  7. I am with you Needles. Maybe you and I take on way to much responsibility for what is considered good for our health. As we can see others will sure let us. You are right ‘get our priorities straight.’ I pray in ’09 we can challenge ourselves and one another to walk and not weight ourselves down with others and their responsibilities.

    I feel like saying to some “just shut your trap.” Well, maybe getting out and taking some steps out of their trap will be the best medicine we could take.

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