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Benefits Of Walking

Posted by on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 15:27
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After about age 1, when we humans begins learn the skill of walking, we depend on our legs to move us about our environment,  taking us wherever we need and want to do.

Walking some becomes as automatic as seeing, hearing, or breathing and almost as important. Everyone wants to keep maximum mobility for a lifetime, and maximum mobility depends on healthy joints.

Fortunately, walking regularly or engaging in some other form of aerobic exercise offers you one of the best ways to keep your joints functioning well for many years. Even people who have osteoarthritis can improve the health and function of their joints by participating in appropriate exercise.

In fact, because the strong consensus about the multiple benefits of exercise for both the joints and general good health, recent guidelines emphasize gentle exercise. such as walking, as one of the key ways to improve joint health.

So even you have some pain or problems with your knees or hip, you can enjoy the benefits of walking or another low-impact aerobic activity. such as cycling or swimming, by taking a few extra precautions.

But wait, there  is more! Beyond helping your joints stay trouble free, walking and other forms of aerobic exercise also provide tremendous benefits for your overall health and fitness. Here are some of them:

–  It reduces the risk of heart disease. People who are regularly active throughout their lives cut their risk of heart disease in half. In other words, if you choose to be inactive, you double your risk of heart disease, as much as if you smoked a pack of cigarettes a day.

–  It improves total cholesterol levels and elevates levels of DHL.

–  It lowers the risk of high blood pressure and helps to lower and control exiting high blood pressure.

–  It reduces the risk of diabetes and improves the body’s handling of glucose in people with type 2 diabetes.

–  It improves bones health and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

–  It enhances weight loss, helps to maintain a healthy weight, and helps to prevent loss of lean muscle during weigh loss.

–  It lowers the risk of certain cancers, such as breast cancer and colon cancer.

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